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The Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing. Discussed during the long and cordial meeting were the Order’s programmes in acute humanitarian emergencies and the progress of recent initiatives in the African continent with particular reference to Sudan and Congo. Satisfaction was also expressed for the joint projects undertaken in the Balkans, in Africa and in Asia and for the intention to strengthen joint humanitarian interventions in crisis areas.
After the meeting there was a ceremony during which the Grand Master donated to the United Nations Office in Geneva a sculpture entitled “Compassione” by the Venetian artist Giorgio Bortoli.
In thanking the Grand Master, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed the universal nature of the compassion and commitment of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the United Nations to improve the living conditions of people worldwide.
Present at the meeting were Grand Chancellor Jean-Pierre Mazery and Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, the Order of Malta’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations at Geneva.
The British Association of the Order of Malta is responding to homelessness and poverty in London with soup kitchens, providing food and a kind word for the needy and destitute. Photo: Julian Andrews.
The project managed by Malteser International in Thailand My name is Gray Po. I was born in No Pa Poo, a small village in northwest Thailand, and lived here all my life. I own a small store selling groceries. From that income, I have to take care of three children. Since my husband died several years ago, I also manage my household by myself. When the International Relief Agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International, first came to my village two years ago and said they wanted to help us improve our living conditions, I was motivated from the beginning.
With two significant events, the Order of Malta’s embassy in Bulgaria launched the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations. The first event was held in Sofia, on 26 February last, with the presentation of the “Travel Journal”, a collection of drawings and comments by a group of children and young orphans, assisted by the “Hug Me” association, on Bulgarian monuments that UNESCO has declared World Heritage Sites. The initiative follows a ten-day tour last August – promoted by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s embassy – during which the children visited the towns and sites with historic monuments that best represent Bulgaria’s thousand years and more of religious and civil history.