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“What I propose to discuss with you is how cultural heritage can itself be a “trampoline” for social and economic development, in the same way that agriculture, water resources, power supplies or transportation systems have traditionally been perceived. Even in settings of abject poverty, cultural legacies, though once dormant, can become powerful catalysts for change.” – His Highness the Aga Khan, May 15, 2013, UNESCO Conference, Hangzhou, China.
“Culture is what makes us who we are, it gives us strength, and it provides answers to many of the challenges we face today,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, as her organization and China announced earlier this month an international congress on culture, which is now underway in Hangzhou, China.
The congress which began on May 15 for 3 days has brought together some 450 policymakers, leaders from development institutions, representatives of the private sector, civil society, academia, and the arts, and is expected to provide substantive input to the discussions on the framework for the post-2015 development agenda.
“The goal is to inspire Governments, civil society, businesses and communities to harness the power of culture in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges,” UNESCO said in its brief.
His Highness the Aga Khan in addressing the congress said, “UNESCO is to be saluted for keeping the work of cultural development high on the international agenda,” His Highness was received by Her Excellency Madame Liu Yandong, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China (link to press release and speech given at end of post).
During her meeting with the UNESCO chief, the Chinese Vice Premier had said that education, science and culture were high on the agenda of the new Chinese government, and explained that China aspires to “provide people with better education, better living conditions, more satisfying jobs, better medical services and a better environment for people to live in. This aspiration is closely related to what you are doing in UNESCO.”
This was underscored by His Highness the Aga Khan in his address when he said, “I also want to recognise the important work that China has been doing, in cooperation with UNESCO and through its own advances in cultural development.”
The congress host city of Hangzhou has been a significant cultural center in Chinese history. It is considered as a UNESCO Creative City for Crafts & Folk Art, and is home to the West Lake Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With its mist-covered hills, willow-lined banks and ancient pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands, Hangzhou’s idealized, classic landscapes were conceived in an effort to manifest the perfect fusion, and harmony, between man and nature. The area has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century.
Date posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Post compiled by Simerg.
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Simerg’s photo blog, www.simergphotos.com, brings you two more informative photo essays following the publication recently of some magnificent photos of Chateau de Chantilly and His Highness the Aga Khan’s visit to France’s cultural gem. Please click on the following links or images to read the latest photo essays, as well other previously published posts.
The Daily Monitor of Uganda reports that President Museveni and His Highness the Aga Khan will formally commission the $860 million (Shs2.1 trillion) Bujagali Hydro Power Project in Jinja on Monday, October 8, 2012. “Construction has come to completion. The new chapter is exciting for us, we are thrilled…” Mr Bill Groth, the Bujagali Energy Ltd’s resident construction manager, said ahead of the commissioning. The Monitor adds that ten regional leaders who are attending the country’s jubilee celebrations are expected to grace the opening ceremony. The foundation ceremony of the dam was laid on August 21, 2007 during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness the Aga Khan. During that ceremony, the 49th Ismaili Imam noted: “The laying of this foundation stone is indeed an historic moment. The project we celebrate today is an unprecedented endeavour.”
REPEATING AND RENEWING AN ANCIENT STORY
By His Highness the Aga Khan
“Everywhere in the world today, people are searching for ways to reduce the threat of global warming both by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and by fighting the blight of deforestation. The key to both efforts is to move away from plant and fossil fuels, and to depend instead on renewable energy sources. Hydro electric power fulfills that goal. It is “clean” energy – advancing sustainable development while minimizing its environmental impact.
“If this were not the case, we would not have taken up this project, and we could not have attracted such a wide range of public-minded supporters to join in this endeavour. We feel deeply that environmental goals and development goals must be part of a Complementary Agenda – we can serve one set of goals only if we also serve the other. We are proud that the Bujagali project advances that Complimentary Agenda.
“From the very beginnings of civilization, the use of water – intelligently, respectfully, and creatively – has been at the very center of human concerns. The Nile River itself has been a great source and sustainer of life for thousands of years. Today, we repeat and renew that ancient story once again as we lay this Foundation Stone – and thus signal the opening of a new era in African history.” – Excerpts from a speech made by His Highness the Aga Khan on August 21, 2007
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