The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, not-for-profit international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. Inspired by the example of Canada’s inclusive approach to citizenship, the Centre works to advance respect for diversity worldwide, believing that openness and understanding toward the cultures, social structures, values and faiths of other peoples are essential to the survival of an interdependent world.
The Centre begins work in Ottawa with a small team lead by Secretary General John McNee. Our 12-person Board of Directors is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan and includes former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Canadian Governor General the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson and former Guatemalan Vice-President Eduardo Stein.
When valued as a positive element of society, diversity can become a source of common good. When diversity is feared or debased, division is most often the result. Through research, education and dialogue with partners around the world, we foster global learning and exchange about the foundations and benefits of inclusive citizenship.