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.







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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For 15 years “Le Fleuron Saint Jean” on the Seine has been giving new hope to the homeless



It was 1998 when the Ordre de Malte France launched an innovate project: to transform a barge into a reception centre for those living on the streets. 15 years later, from its anchorage in Paris on the banks of the Seine, ‘Le Fleuron Saint Jean’ continues its mission of sheltering and providing psychological support to the homeless as well as fostering their reintegration in society. Open 365 days a year, the barge accommodates 50 men coming from very precarious living conditions and supports them in their reintegration in society and in the labour world. The time spent on board enables passengers to recover their strength, both physically and psychologically, and helps them to map out a life project.


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Yesterday, on 14 October, the Foreign Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Aurelia Frick, visited the Magistral Palace. The minister was received by the Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager and by the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefaucauld-Montbel. During the talks, carried out in a climate of great cordiality, the Order of Malta’s activities in the Asian continent and its commitment in the great humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East, Syria and Iraq were discussed.


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