The National Peace Council is urging Ghanaians to change the narrative that considers peace a peripheral desire to a valuable national asset.
It has also called for stakeholder engagement to sustain the peace the country was enjoying.
Speaking at the 2019 International Peace Day in Accra, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Emmanuel Asante, said Ghana continues to be a beacon of peace in the West African sub-region as indicated in the latest global index released by the Economic and Peace Institute Ghana.
The Country Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Silke Hollander, urged Ghanaians not to take the peace the country was enjoying for granted, adding that peace is precious and requires sustained efforts.
Ms. Hollander attested that Ghana had built up an effective peace architecture and that the UNDP was particularly proud to have been part of the journey which led to the formalisation and the strengthening of the National Peace Council and its Regional Peace Councils -- which include the diverse religious bodies as well as traditional leaders playing a critical role in conflict prevention and resolution in the country.
She pledged the UNDP's continuous support to the Peace Council to maintain peace and social cohesion, which she said, were key to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Resident Coordinator for the United Nations (UN), Ms. Sylvia Lopez, reiterated that the 2030 SDGs agenda mandated all member countries to champion peace, hence, Ghana should continue to strengthen its peaceful relations for sustainable development.
"The linkages between peace and development invite us to also think about peace in a more holistic way... that peace is not only the absence of war," she explained.
The global theme of this year's International Day of Peace is "Climate Action for Peace", which is a wake-up for countries to have an interest in the linkages between climate change and peace.