The former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Mr. Kofi Annan has urged African governments to uphold the tenets of justice, rule of law and respect for human rights at all times.
He said peace, stability and rule of law must work to perfection, if we have to build a strong democratic society.
These he said were the essential components for the true development of any society.
Mr. Annan who was speaking during the launch of his book on Friday, said it was heartwarming to note that democracy was gradually gaining ground in the world, but added that this was not enough.
He also stressed the need for continuous development and progress of countries regardless of which political party is in power.
According to him, effective team building and consensus among leaders, particularly African governments would be of utmost relevance in ensuring and pursuing projects left by a past administration.
The 383 page book entitled, “Interventions, A Life in War and Peace,” gives personal account of the UN, including achievements and challenges of the organization.
Touching on the book, Mr. Annan said he felt the need to make the world know about how things worked within the UN and what went into ensuring peace and comfort.
“I hope this book would encourage young people to get into public service, if all the smart ones get into business who will the decision for us”, he asked.
Launching it, Mrs. Marry Chinery-Hesse, Special Advisor to former President Kufour, said the book teaches the need for team building, listening to other people’s views, and the fact a successful life needs to be well built and structured.
Mr. Annan was UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in a brief statement urged Ghanaians to broaden their horizons by reading the book.