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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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 Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, the Holy See and the Order of Malta, cordially Invite you to a Side Event during the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council to be held on
Monday 16 September 2013, 13.00 - 15.00
Room XXIII, Palais des Nations:
Peace and Human Rights
Challenges and Perspectives 50 years after “Pacem in Terris”
H.E.Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann
H.E. Archbishop. Silvano M. Tomasi,
Mrs. Flavia Pansieri,
H.E. Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernández,
Professor Nicolas Michel
Professor Michel Veuthey
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Guests of Honour the Austrian President and the Grand Master of the Order of Malta There were 220 guests attending the fundraising dinner for the disabled organised in Vienna on 28 November 2013 by the Grand Priory of Austria of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer with his wife and the Order’s Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing were guests of honour at the evening, held in the splendid setting of the Prince of Liechtenstein’s Garden Palace, generously made available by the royal family.
The Sovereign Order of Malta’s embassy in Sofia is stepping up its distribution of food and medicines There is an increasing concern in Bulgaria about the sharp rise in applications for political asylum since the beginning of 2013. In November alone, the civil war in Syria has driven some 10,000 people to seek refuge in the Balkan country, and the intense cold of the Bulgarian winter has forced the Sovereign Order of Malta to redouble its efforts. Since the beginning of November the Order’s embassy in Sofia has been supplying food aid to the three centres set up for the refugees in Vrajdebna, Voenna Rampa and Ovcha Kupel, distributing 1450 meals a day.
The Grand Master of the 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: - Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Zaid AL LOZI - Poland, H.E. Piotr NOWINA-KONOPKA.