Mountain populations experience extremes of poverty and isolation as well as constraints on opportunities and choice, but at the same time, they sustain great linguistic, cultural, ethnic and religious pluralism, and show remarkable resilience in the face of extraordinarily harsh circumstances. By creating intellectual space and resources this university will help turn the mountains that divide the nations and territories of Central Asia into the links that unite its peoples and economies in a shared endeavour to improve their future well-being.

ALL MISSING: We regret all (or most) of the speeches during this visit are not available in the Archive. Listed below are some events he attended where Mawlana Hazar Imam made or may have made a speech. We would be very grateful if any of our readers who may have these speeches, or others from the visit, would kindly share them with us. Please click here for information on making submissions to NanoWisdoms; we thank you for your assistance.

  • 28 August 2000 (Dushanbe, Tajikistan): Signing Ceremony of the University of Central Asia Treaty between Aga Khan Development Network and Government of Tajikistan. At the ceremony, the Aga Khan announced an initial endowment of $5 million allocated for the university’s programmes in Tajikistan. In announcing the launch, His Highness the Aga Khan said:
  • Mountain populations experience extremes of poverty and isolation as well as constraints on opportunities and choice, but at the same time, they sustain great linguistic, cultural, ethnic and religious pluralism, and show remarkable resilience in the face of extraordinarily harsh circumstances. By creating intellectual space and resources this university will help turn the mountains that divide the nations and territories of Central Asia into the links that unite its peoples and economies in a shared endeavour to improve their future well-being.

  • 29 August 2000 (Dushanbe, Tajikistan): Meeting with Prime Minister of Tajikistan. “Touching upon the prime minister’s proposals on developing tourism in Tajikistan, Aga Khan IV said that he would invest in building a modern hotel in Dushanbe.” (BBC, Tajik Radio)
  • 30 August 2000 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan): Signing Signing Ceremony of the University of Central Asia Treaty between Aga Khan Development Network and Government of Kyrgyzstan.
  • “At the signing ceremony, the president stressed that the idea to set up the university belonged to Prince Aga Khan. In his turn, His Highness thanked the Kyrgyz president for supporting the idea to set up the university and expressed his particular gratitude for supporting the idea of a regional, not national, university, as the problem of low living standards in mountainous areas affects not only Kyrgyzstan. After the ceremony, members of the organizational committee of the foundation for the setting up of the Central Asian university gave a news conference, which was also attended by diplomats accredited in the country.” (BBC)

    The population of Central Asian mountains is extremely impoverished and isolated. The new university will make it possible for them to create an intellectual environment and resources that will bring them closer together [he said. (BBC)]

  • 31 August 2000 (Astana, Kazakhstan): Signing Ceremony of the University of Central Asia Treat between Aga Khan Development Network and Government of Kazakhstan. “At the press conference held after the talks President Nazarbayev said that Dr. Aga Khan agreed to allocate $5 million for establishing branches of Central Asian University in Astana and Almaty.” (RFE/RL)
  • 24-31 August 2000: Other functions and events His Highness the Aga Khan attended where speeches may have been made, during the visit are unknown.

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