The Bellerive Foundation
The Bellerive Foundation was founded by the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1977. Its major programmes focused on the link between the scarcity of natural resources and poverty in the developing world; the preservation of fragile mountain ecosystems; animal protection; and initiatives in environmental education.
The Late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
The Late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, paternal uncle of His Highness the Aga Khan, was the second son of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, who was the 48th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims and President of the League of Nations from 1937 to 1939. Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan’s first son was Prince Aly Khan, father of the current Aga Khan.
Prince Sadruddin founded and chaired the Bellerive Foundation along with his wife, Princess Catherine. Prince Sadruddin served the international community in a variety of roles, including the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (1965-77) and the United Nations’ Coordinator for Assistance to Afghanistan (1988-90). He was also the United Nations’ Executive Delegate of the Secretary General for a humanitarian programme for Iraq, Kuwait, and the Iraq-Iran and Iraq-Turkey border areas (1990).
The Earth Focus Foundation
The Earth Focus Foundation was founded in 2005, continuing the work started by Bellerive Foundation. The Earth Focus Foundation is a Swiss foundation, which is continuing the work with young people started within the renowned Bellerive Foundation.
The aim of the Foundation is to empower youth to take on roles in which they actively create a more sustainable world. Earth Focus provides a platform to encourage youth to express their views on the environment and solutions to ecological problems and serves as a voice to promote these views to other youth as well as to the public.
The Foundation aims to help young people understand the beauties and limits of the world in which they live and to encourage them to act and share their experience and feelings, with other communities.