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Doing Things Differently: Mediating in Mozambique - A Geneva Security Debate
This event is hybrid. It will take place at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and virtually.
For the participants attending in-person, light lunch will be served from 12:00 hrs.
The debate will start at 12:30 hrs., both online and in-person
After decades of civil war and failed peace agreements, 2023 marks almost four years since the signing of the Maputo Accord for Peace and National Reconciliation (Maputo Accord). The historic achievement was the result of several years of negotiations between the President of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and then leader of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), Mr. Afonso Dhlakama and his successor Mr. Ossufo Momade, supported by a small mediation team. Following the failed Avenida Process in 2016, the Principals agreed on a new, smaller, and a more agile mediation structure, which included then Swiss Ambassador to Mozambique, Mirko Manzoni, now the UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Mozambique.
This process leading to the Maputo Accords combined with the subsequent process of implementation, represents an increasing rare example of internationally supported dialogue and mediation leading to definitive peace. This debate will examine the route to success from networked peace dialogue, through mediation, to support during implementation. The strategic leadership of the processwas specific, purposeful, planned, and invisible, the characteristic of this leadership has been described as ‘without ego and without limits'. This debate will examine what the characteristics of the Mozambique success were, and how they might be adopted by the existing international norms and approaches to peace dialogue and mediation support.