Our Joint Declaration represents a commitment to go beyond our common concerns about poverty and the need to improve living conditions in the developing world. We now look to enhancing our two-decade long partnership to contribute towards creating stability, mitigating conflict, fostering greater social inclusion and enabling equitable and sustainable human development.

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President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission and His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today signed a Joint Declaration that aims to broaden the scope of their collaboration on development endeavours, strengthening civil society institutions, promoting governance and social inclusion, in countries of Central, South and West Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Distinctive in its recognition of the AKDN’s experience, the Joint Declaration seeks to extend the European Commission’s long-standing partnership with the AKDN into areas of common concern and in a number of new fields of activity….

Acknowledging this engagement, on behalf of millions of beneficiaries, the Aga Khan said:

Our Joint Declaration represents a commitment to go beyond our common concerns about poverty and the need to improve living conditions in the developing world. We now look to enhancing our two-decade long partnership to contribute towards creating stability, mitigating conflict, fostering greater social inclusion and enabling equitable and sustainable human development.

… The AKDN has signed agreements of cooperation and protocols with 15 countries in Africa, Central and South Asia, Europe and the Middle East as well as with international organisations and multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organisation (WHO), Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Under an international treaty signed by the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, the AKDN is establishing the University of Central Asia, to serve a region of some 25 million people.

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