Amb. M.-T. Pictet-Althann with H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon,
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Welcome to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Geneva.



This website contains information on the Sovereign Order of Malta’s multilateral diplomacy in Geneva and offers direct links to other websites of the Order around the world, including that of its Government in Rome and of its Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York. It also enables you to discover the Order’s 900 year history and find out about its global humanitarian activities of to-day.



Thank you for visiting our website which will give you an insight into the Order’s diplomacy with a humanitarian dimension and a human perspective.




Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing's visit to UNOG on

The Grand Master meets the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

The director general of the United Nations office in Geneva Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing in June 2011. Discussed during the cordial meeting were the Order's programmes in acute humanitarian emergencies and the progress of recent initiatives.

During the following ceremony, Festing donated to the UN office a sculpture entitled "compassione", created by the venetian artist Giorgio Bortoli.







The Sovereign Order of Malta in Geneva: committed to promoting human dignity and religious freedom



Interview with Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann With over 2,500 conferences organized each year, Geneva, the humanitarian capital of the world, is one of the most important centers of multilateral diplomacy. 172 Permanent Missions, 30 International Organizations and some 250 NGOs make up “international Geneva” with a workforce of 28.000 diplomats and civil servants. The Sovereign Order of Malta is here present with a Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and its specialized agencies, to develop relations with international and intergovernmental humanitarian organizations and to inform them about the activities of the Order of Malta, with the aim of contributing to the discussions on all aspects related to the protection of human dignity. Head of the diplomatic mission since 2005, in this interview Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, explains her role and how the Mission has changed over the years.


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The Grand Chancellor interviewed by the Catholic Herald: “Reviving the guiding principles of humanitarian conduct has become an imperative”



In an interview with British newspaper the Catholic Herald, the Grand Chancellor illustrates the work of the Order of Malta in the violence-ridden Middle East theatre and offers an overview of the current international scenario, underlying the undergoing major geopolitical changes. The Grand Chancellor also calls for the implementation of the human rights treaties stressing how all sides must respect the fundamental humanitarian laws.


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Credentials presented by Cuba and Chile



The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, received today in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of their Letters of Credence, the new Ambassadors of: - Cuba, H.E.Rodney Alejandro LÓPEZ CLEMENTE - Chile, H.E. Mónica JIMÉNEZ DE LA JARA


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