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.




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






Order of Malta and the International Organization for Migration in close collaboration for humanitarian emergencies



“The Order of Malta and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work closely to aid victims of humanitarian emergencies,” said the Order’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Addressing the annual IOM Council meeting last month, Ambassador Marie-Therese Pictet-Althann described where the Order of Malta and IOM have been of mutual assistance in regions of conflict or catastrophe, taking three regions as examples of on the ground action.


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Visitors Centre of the Sovereign Order of Malta



  The Visitors Centre introduces the Sovereign Order of Malta, its humanitarian, medical and social activities. Situated in the Magistral Palace in Rome, on the corner of Via Bocca di Leone and Via delle Carrozze, the Visitors Centre is open everyone and provides information on the Sovereign Order of Malta’s past and present. Here it […]


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The Grand Master addresses letter to members of the Order of Malta and appeals for support for populations in need



In a letter sent this week to all members and volunteers of the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing has made an appeal to help those populations in desperate and urgent need of aid and assistance. “We live in troublesome times. From many parts of the world we receive almost daily perturbing news. The situation in the Middle East is especially of great concern to us. Thousands of Christians and other religious minorities are persecuted and have had to leave their homes”, the Grand Master writes.


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