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Book Launch at the Palais des Nations

Title: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - Humanitarian and Visionary

Venue: Library Events Room (B-135), Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floor

Date: Thursday 20 April 2017

Duration: 12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.; followed by a reception

Invitation and programme


“When we think of the refugee, we must really think of the individual”.


Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977.  During his service, he strengthened the relationship between UNHCR and African governments and helped to improve inter-agency cooperation within the United Nations, addressing problems of mass displacement in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

This book, written by a former colleague and friend, Diana Miserez, honors his legacy in the service of the United Nations and beyond. She looks at his involvement with UNESCO and UNHCR, and describes the efforts he made to raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear proliferation and environmental damage while undertaking missions in Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Diana hopes to inspire the young generation that the prince looked toward when he fought for the future of the planet.

Join us for this book launch and enjoy stories about Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s outstanding personality told by his friends and colleagues.

Speech by the author

- English version

- Version française

Videos of the event:

  1. Remarks Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  2. Remarks by Diana Miserez, author

  3. Remarks by Nicola Spafford Furey, Vice President, Earth Focus Foundation

  4. Remarks by Dr. Philippe Roch, Former director of the Swiss section of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and former

  5. director of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

  6. Remarks by Edward Girardet, Editor, journalist, author and media consultant

Photo gallery

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