Ottawa, August 1 – The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism is pleased to confirm that Meredith Preston McGhie will take over as Secretary General, replacing John McNee on his retirement from the position. She will assume her new role on October 1st.
In announcing the selection, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Chair of the Search Committee, cited Ms. Preston McGhie’s frontline negotiating efforts towards building peace and good governance in diverse societies.
“Meredith stood out for the depth of her lived experience in parts of the world where conflict and exclusions are widespread,” said Madame Clarkson.
OTTAWA, CANADA—JUNE 24, 2019—The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) today announced 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.
Three winners will be announced in the fall and honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 20 this year. The Award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of organizations, individuals and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.
As governments around the world prepare for the first global review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will deliver the 2019 Annual Pluralism Lecture on June 11 in Lisbon, Portugal. Ms. Mohammed will highlight how inaction on inequality and exclusion threatens to undermine achievement of the 17 Goals agreed to by 193 nations in 2015.
LONDON, October 4, 2018 – Karen Armstrong, the British author, delivered the annual 2018 Global Centre for Pluralism Lecture today at the new Aga Khan Centre. The title of Ms. Armstrong’s lecture was “Compassion or Toleration? Two Approaches to Pluralism”.
Each person invited to give the Annual Pluralism Lecture is asked to reflect on how to build and strengthen pluralist societies. The Lecture is hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism, an independent, charitable organization founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada. It is based in Ottawa, Canada.
The Chair, Directors of the Board and staff of the Global Centre for Pluralism are deeply saddened at the death of Kofi Annan who, in addition to his many contributions to humanity, was a leading member of the Centre's Board of Directors since its inception in 2010.
"Kofi Annan made an extraordinary contribution to the cause of pluralism in the world" said John McNee, Secretary General of the Centre. "He brought insight, empathy and understanding to promoting respect for others and explaining the dynamics of diverse societies in developing, emerging and industrialized countries."