Peacebuilding is a matter that concerns every country. War and democracy, and war and development don't go together. In other words, peace is a prerequisite for achieving democracy, as well as disseminating the culture of peace and knowledge in its comprehensive sense.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali
The Man of Peace and Knowledge

Boutros Boutros-Ghali is the first Arab and African to serve as UN Secretary-General in 1992 during a period of great challenges facing the international organization around the world. His tenure was a turning point in developing the organization's work mechanisms and its means of intervening to resolve conflicts peacefully. He also developed a concept of preventive diplomacy and peacemaking and made great efforts in establishing an agenda for peacekeeping and its maintenance on the ground after conflict resolution.

Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali dedicated his life to achieving world peace, and considered it a supreme goal worthy of effort, work, and sacrifice. His idea of peace was associated with work and the protection of human rights. To him, the concept of peace was linked to constructive dialogue and positive and creative interaction. Boutros Boutros-Ghali believed that science is the cornerstone of knowledge. He also valued the importance of dialogue and promoted it as the sole human option available apart from the calls for destruction, superiority, extremism and intolerance.

Achieving peace is no longer strictly a political-military matter. We are learning that peace requires comprehensive efforts. Civilian experts are as important as military personnel.

Significant Figures in Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s Career


Professional Career

- Egyptian Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs (1977-1991).
- Secretary General of the United Nations (1992–1996).
- Secretary-General of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (1997–2002).
- Contributed to the establishment of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights and served as its president. (2004).
- A member of several international organizations working in the fields of International Law and International Relations.

Academic Career

- PhD in International Law from the University of Paris and a Diploma in International Relations from the Political Science Institute, Paris (1949).
- Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University (1949–1979).
- President of the Centre of Political and Strategic Studies (1975).
- President of the African Society of Political Studies (1980 - 1981).
- Director of the Centre of Research of the Hague Academy of International Law (1963–1964).
- Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Paris University (1967–1968).