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.

 

 


 

 

Human Trafficking Session and Side Event at the U.N. Geneva







 

 

Preparatory Symposium for 2016 UN World Humanitarian Summit - "Religions Together for Humanitarian Action"







Religions Together for Humanitarian Action

Reaching out to victims of armed conflicts: 
the special role of faith-based actors

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' to be held at the United Nations Geneva on May 27th 2015, 1-6pm.

Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit, including the contribution of faith-based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.

Click here to register for the symposium. Please note that registration to attend is compulsory and will close late Thursday 21st May.

To find out who will be part of the symposium panel, and for further information, click here

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Religions Together for Humanitarian Action - Symposium - Nuncio Tomasi







 

 

Peter Maurer, President, ICRC about 'Religions Together for Humanitarian Action'







 



 

 


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.






 

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Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing Audience with Pope Francis

2015-06-25

 

Held on the feastday of St. John the Baptist, the Sovereign Order of Malta’s patron This morning in the Vatican City, Pope Frances received in audience the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing. During the meeting, the Grand Master illustrated to the Pontiff the Order’s work in assisting refugees and migrants in various parts of the world, from the Middle East to Africa. Fra’ Matthew Festing talked about the numerous projects underway to provide healthcare for displaced people fleeing from wars, violence and poverty, and also the social support projects for refugees in the countries of destination, such as France and Germany.

 

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World Refugee Day. The Sovereign Order of Malta launches international campaign: No to the construction of walls

2015-06-17

 

National Associations, rescue corps and volunteers unite to highlight the worldwide drama The number of refugees and displaced persons worldwide has reached levels not recorded since the end of World War II. In Syria, over four years of conflict now mean that a family is forced to leave home every 60 seconds. It is calculated that every 3 seconds a person becomes displaced in some part of the world. 52 million people are in flight from disasters, wars and famine. Half of them are children. Some 17 million are refugees, over 33 million are internally displaced - that is, forced to leave their homes although staying in their country - and about 1.5 million are asylum seekers. In 2014, there were 866,000 new asylum applications in the industrialised countries - the majority were Syrians followed by Iraqis. Numbers that reflect a world in flames with burgeoning new crises and old trouble spots flaring up.

 

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Credentials presented by Slovenia and Panama

2015-06-09

 

The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, received in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of their Letters of Credence, the new Ambassadors of: Slovenia, H.E. Tomaž KUNSTELJ Panama, H.E. Miroslava ROSAS VARGA

 

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