[I]n much of the world where we work, our problem is volatility — volatility in economics, in governments and so on and so forth. I think what we’ve learned is that the best answer to this volatility, in the countries where we are, is civil society and very often civil society is not an expression everyone is comfortable with. But I’ll try synthesise it by saying it is really the sum of human endeavour in structured, non-governmental organisations, that aim to impact positively all the key forces which condition people’s quality of life…. Now in developing civil society we are not trying to bring mediocrity to the Developing World. We’re trying to do exactly what UCSF is doing, which is to bring quality and excellence.

Chancellor Desmond-Hellmond,
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi,
Fellow USCF Medal Recipients,
Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Marvin Schlesinger,
Deans, Academic Leaders and Faculty,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

I’d like to tell you how touched I am and honoured I am by receiving this medal this evening. But I’d like you to know that this medal actually recognises the work of thousands and thousands of people in tens of countries over decades and this in itself is an extraordinary human resource which I have benefited from and which has come into service in the various countries and institutions which we have developed. So this evening my thoughts go to them.

The Aga Khan Development Network has a goal. The goal is to try to make the countries where we work, countries of opportunity for their populations. That is the goal. What can we do to make each one of these countries a place of a happy and secure future.

The Aga Khan Development Network has a goal. The goal is to try to make the countries where we work, countries of opportunity for their populations. That is the goal. What can we do to make each one of these countries a place of a happy and secure future. And as you know, in much of the world where we work, our problem is volatility — volatility in economics, in governments and so on and so forth. I think what we’ve learned is that the best answer to this volatility, in the countries where we are, is civil society and very often civil society is not an expression everyone is comfortable with. But I’ll try synthesise it by saying it is really the sum of human endeavour in structured, non-governmental organisations, that aim to impact positively all the key forces which condition people’s quality of life. And in developing civil society, education and health care are absolutely critical.

Now in developing civil society we are not trying to bring mediocrity to the Developing World. We’re trying to do exactly what UCSF is doing, which is to bring quality and excellence. We cannot do that without partners. At the same time UCSF needs I think to reach out to the world at large and I hope that the Aga Khan Development Network will be one of your partners. So in simple terms, this is the reason for which my network and I are so honoured by the medal I’m receiving this evening. And I would like to say that in this particular instance my thoughts and gratitude go to three men who played really essential roles — because of the arrangements we have between the State of California and the Aga Khan Development Network and between the University and ourselves — and [these are] Governor Schwarzenegger, Ambassador Howard Leach and Dr. Haley [?].

Thank you.

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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