Building on the Legacy of Prince Sadruddin

“Prince Sadruddin was a statesman in the truest sense of the word. By focusing on the protection of refugees, he represented the moral and compassionate side of the international community.”

– Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, Geneva, 24 June 2003

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, uncle of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, led the UN refugee agency during 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s, leaving an an indelible print on UNHCR’s history. He led the agency through some of the most challenging moments, and his name became synonymous with UNHCR.

His Highness is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and nephew of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, who was high commissioner for refugees from 1965-77, a pivotal period in the organization’s history.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan visited the UNHCR headquarters on November 6, 2015 to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and discuss past and future cooperation in emergency operations around the world.

“We must do everything possible to prevent human suffering.

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, AKDN Chairman & Founder

“UNHCR and the Aga Khan Development Network [AKDN] have a lot in common.

– António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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