United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mirko Manzoni of 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 [Resistência Nacional Moçambicana] 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 been his country’s Ambassador to Mozambique, supporting the peace process between the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO in his capacity as Chief Mediator and President of the International Contact Group since 2017.
With a wealth of experience in providing good-offices support and in engaging with Governments and international organizations at the highest level, Mr. Manzoni previously served with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Mali and Poland. He also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq.
The holder of an architecture degree and a Master of Business Administration from HEC Lausanne-School of Business, Switzerland, Mr. Manzoni is married and has two children.
He will assume his assignment upon concluding his tenure as Ambassador to Mozambique.