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.



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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.




Freedom of Religion / Special Rapporteur Report at the U.N. Geneva


02/03/2015“Religions Together for Humanitarian Action”

Experts, academics and religious leaders will gather in Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters on 27th May for a one day long debate

In the framework of its participation in the World Humanitarian Summit next year in Istanbul, the Sovereign Order of Malta is organising the Symposium “Religions together for humanitarian action”. Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together in the UN Geneva Headquarters on May 27th to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit – an initiative of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon – these including the contribution of faith based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.


19/11/2014: H.E. Pictet-Althann interviewed by Pax Press Agency






Order of Malta on the frontline in leprosy treatment



Inaugurated in Cambodia a new department for treating plantar ulcers Ordre de Malte France’s new department for plantar ulcers was officially inaugurated on 27 February last in Battambang province, Cambodia. The pavilion specializes in leprosy patients with pathologies that often involve feet deformities. It was built inside the hospital complex of the Battambang district in the western part of the country, with the contribution of the Cambodian Ministry of Health. Present at the inauguration ceremony were the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, the provincial authorities, the regional health director and various local religious leaders.


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Vietnam: new pavilion inaugurated in hospital of dermatology and venereology in Ho Chi Minh City



Department set up with Ordre de Malte France is renovated On 4 March last the Ho Chi Minh hospital, in the largest city in Vietnam, and Ordre de Malte France inaugurated a new pavilion in this dermatology-venereology facility. Created thanks to an agreement in 1991, the department has been renovated to become an independent pavilion on three floors covering a total area of 1,600 square metres. The pavilion has rehabilitation and physiotherapy areas and will mostly treat leprosy patients. 300 new cases of Hansen’s disease are diagnosed every year in Vietnam.


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Four years of war in Syria: “One of the worst humanitarian disasters of our times”



Health care nearly collapsed, neighbouring countries close to the limit of their capacity March 15th will mark the fourth year since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, and a political solution to the crisis continues to be nowhere in sight. Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s relief service for humanitarian aid, appeals to the international community to strengthen its efforts to alleviate the enormous, unprecedented plight of the civilian population.


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