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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.
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”.
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."
His landmark 2013 Pluralism Lecture, "Pluralism: A Key Challenge of the 21st Century" delivered in Ottawa, was a defining moment in the life of the Global Centre for Pluralism, an organisation whose direction he substantially helped shape in its formative years.
Wisdom, dedication and humanity defined Kofi Annan. He was an inspiration to us all. He will be deeply mourned and greatly missed.