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Ambassador Mirko Manzoni. [Picture: ©FDFA/Mauro Vombe / via Swiss Embassy in Mozambique]
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mr. Mirko Manzoni (Switzerland) as his Personal Envoy for Mozambique. In this role, Mr. Manzoni will provide good offices support in facilitating the dialogue between the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO and towards the signing and subsequent implementation of a peace agreement between the parties.
Mr. Manzoni has more than 20 years of experience in the diplomatic and humanitarian fields.
Since 2014, he has served as Ambassador of Switzerland to Mozambique and from 2017 he supported the peace process between the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO in his capacity as Chief Mediator and President of the International Contact Group.
Mr. Manzoni has a wealth of experience in providing good offices support and in engaging with Governments and international organisations at the highest level, having previously served with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Mali and Poland. He has also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq.
Mr. Manzoni is a native of Lugano, Switzerland, and a graduate in architecture with an MBA focused on Management and Corporate Finance from HEC Lausanne – School of Business.
He is married with two small children.
Source: United nations / Press Release