Akufo-Addo urges nation to keep peace as Ghana ranks 1st in West Africa

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President Akufo-Addo has encouraged Ghanaians to consistently maintain the peace the country is currently enjoying.

The president’s comment follows Ghana’s ranking as the most peaceful country in the West African Sub-region in the Global Peace Index rankings which is made up of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources.

When it comes to Ghana’s position in Africa, Ghana ranks second as the most peaceful country after East Africa’s Mauritius, which also beat Ghana in the global ranking as 28th most peaceful country.

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Globally, Ghana has been ranked 38th in the 2021 Global Peace Index.

Taking to his Twitter account on Wednesday, January 5, President Akufo-Addo reacted to Ghana’s ranking as most peaceful in West Africa that “Let’s continue to maintain the peace we have in Ghana”.

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The Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks about 163 independent states and territories which spans over 99% of the world’s population.

This year saw Iceland coming in first as the most peaceful country in the world with a score of 1.1.

Meanwhile New Zealand and Denmark took second and third positions as the most peaceful countries in the world.

The index gauges’ global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society; the extent of domestic or international conflict; and the degree of militarisation.

The most recent edition of the GPI found that over the past ten years the overall levels of peace had slightly deteriorated, with the level of political and civil unrest continuing to rise around the world. It also drew on data from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll, to examine trends in perceptions of risk and safety prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 GPI received a high level of domestic and international media coverage as well as being the subject of a large number of launch events hosted around the globe.

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