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






French Volunteers Raise Funds for World Leprosy Day



In Vietnam the Order of Malta has been engaged in fighting the disease for 40 years Ahead of the 62nd World Leprosy Day on 25 January next, the Ordre de Malte France’s volunteers are once again preparing to take to the streets of the country’s main towns to raise funds for the research and treatment of Hansen's Disease. The spread of leprosy has been drastically reduced over the last decade and the World Health Organization recorded 215,656 new cases in 2013, of which 10 per cent involve children. But one of the most difficult obstacles is the reintegration into the community of people affected by the disease, often facing discrimination and exclusion even once they are completely cured.


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The Grand Master’s meetings in Albania focus on strengthening cooperation



Received by Head of State Bujar Nishani, Fra’ Matthew Festing met the country’s leading authorities It was 1994 when the Sovereign Order of Malta and Albania established bilateral diplomatic relations. The next year Malteser Albania, the Order’s volunteer corps, started working in the country. Fra’ Matthew Festing’s official visit to the Land of the Eagles was thus prompted by two twentieth anniversaries. After the welcoming ceremony on the morning of 19 January, the President of the Republic of Albania Bujar Nishanied and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing stayed for talks and later participated in a bilateral meeting extended to the respective delegations.


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