Thursday, September 17, 2015

Successful democracies: Aga Khan urges govts to improve quality of life

Prince Karim Aga Khan speaks at the Stoa of Attalos in Athens on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. PHOTO: PR


Source: Express Tribune

Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, has said that improving the quality of life is the most important component of a successful democracy.

“I believe that the progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life,” he said on Tuesday in a keynote address at the Athens Democracy Forum, an international gathering of diplomats, business leaders and opinion makers hosted by the International New York Times and the United Nations Democracy Fund.

He cited the ability to understand constitutional systems, independent and pluralistic media, strong civil society and commitment to diversity and social dialogue as key elements in achieving the goal of improved quality of life, an official statement said.

“Democracy can only survive if it demonstrates, across the years and across the planet, that it is the best way to achieve that goal,” he said.



The founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network also said that political concepts and constitutional systems are often poorly understood to the detriment of democracy. “One problem is a poor understanding of comparative government systems. That subject is not part of most educational curricula, and, in the countries I know best, the media rarely explain the logic, or the options, of constitutional change.”

Prince Karim argued that at a time when many citizens are losing faith in all forms of government, finding common ground around the global aspiration for a better quality of life is essential in providing genuine hope for the future.

While emphasising the need for pluralistic and independent media, he cautioned that quantitative advances in communication technology have not necessarily produced qualitative progress in mutual understanding. “To be sure, each improvement in communications technology has triggered new waves of political optimism.”

But sadly, the Aga Khan went on to say, if information can be shared more easily as technology advances, so can misinformation and disinformation.

He called for a renewed emphasis on civil society organisations, a sector that he felt is deeply undervalued and yet essential to democracy.

The Ismaili community spiritual leader argued that key elements of civil society ranging from education, to healthcare, to environment cannot thrive and grow unless governments themselves support a healthy enabling environment.

Speaking at a time when society is witnessing increased polarisation, he underlined the importance of fostering a democratic ethic, at the heart of which is a commitment to genuine dialogue about the means of achieving a better quality of life.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th,  2015.

SHARE THIS

Author:

Thanks for visitint our website. like our FB pages and subscribe to our daily upates..you can comment on the above peace bellow with your google id or facebook id. thanks

0 comments:

All Categories

Aaj Kamran Khan ke Saath Aamir Liaquat Hussain Aapas ki Bat NajamSethi Abdul Qadir Hassan AchiBaatain Afghanistan Aga Khan University Hospital AirLineJobs Allama Iqbal America Amjad Islam Amjad Anjum Niaz Ansar Abbasi APP Aqwal Zareen Articles Ayat-e-Qurani Ayaz Amir Balochistan Balochistan Jobs Bank of Khyber Banking Best Quotes Biwi Jokes Blogger Tips Chaltay Chaltay by Shaheen Sehbai China Chitral Coca-Cola Coke Studio Columns CookingVideos Corporate News Corruption Crimes Dr Danish ARY Sawal Yeh Hai Dubai E-Books EBM Education Educational Jobs Emirates English #Quotes English Columns EnglishJokes Funny Photos Funny Talk Shows Funny Videos Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Videos Govt Jobs HabibJalibPoetry Hamid Mir Haroon Al-Rashid Hasb-e-Haal with Sohail Ahmed Hassan Nisar Hassan Nisar Meray Mutabaq Hazrat Ali AS Sayings HBL Health HikayatShaikhSaadi Hospital_Jobs Hotel Jobs Huawei Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain India Information Technology Insurance International News Islam Islamabad Islamic Videos JammuKashmir Javed Chaudhry Jazz Jirga with Salim Safi Jobs Jobs Available Jobs in Karachi Jobs in KPK Jobs in Pak Army Jobs_Sindh JobsInIslamabad Jokes Jubilee Insurance Kal Tak with Javed Chaudhry Karachi Kashmir KhabarNaak On Geo News Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Khara Sach With Mubashir Lucman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lahore Latest MobilePhones Lenovo LG Life Changing Stories LifeStyle Live With Dr. Shahid Masood Live with Talat Hussain Maulana Tariq Jameel MCB Bank Microsoft Mobilink Mujeed ur Rahman Shami Munir Ahmed Baloch Nasir Kazmi Nazir Naji News News Videos NGO Nokia North Korea Nusrat Javed Off The Record (Kashif Abbasi) Off The Record With Kashif Abbasi On The Front Kamran Shahid OPPO Orya Maqbool Jan Pakistan Pakistan Army Pakistan Super League Pashto Song Photos Poetry Political Videos Press Release Prime Time with Rana Mubashir PTCL Punjab Quetta Quotes Rauf Klasra Samsung Sar-e-Aam By Iqrar-ul-Hasan Sardar Jokes Saudi Arabia ShiroShairi Show Biz Sikander Hameed Lodhi Sindh Social Media Sohail Warriach Songs Sports News Stories Syria Takrar Express News Talat Hussain Talk Shows Technology Telecommunication Telenor To the point with Shahzeb Khanzada Tonight with Moeed Pirzada Turkey Tweets of the day Ufone University Jobs Urdu Ghazals Urdu News Urdu Poetry UrduLateefay Video Songs Videos ViVO Wardat SamaaTV WaridTel Wasi Shah Zong اردو خبریں
______________ ☺ _____________ _______________ ♥ ____________________