"The challenges faced by refugees have been a central concern of mine for a very long time. My own community has, at various points in our history, been forced to seek refuge in new homelands, in Canada, among other places. And I have long admired the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. As you may know, my uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, had the privilege of serving as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 until 1977, playing an instrumental role in reorienting that organisation from a focus on post-war European refugees to one with a deeper emphasis on global humanitarian crises."
- Mawlana Hazar Imam
Remarks introducing António Guterres, The Global Centre for Pluralism’s Third Annual Lecturer (Ottawa, Canada), 29 May 2014
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