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.




EWTN - We introduce: H.E. Ambassador Ms. Pictet Althann


Freedom of Religion / Special Rapporteur Report at the U.N. Geneva


02/03/2015“Religions Together for Humanitarian Action”

Experts, academics and religious leaders will gather in Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters on 27th May for a one day long debate

In the framework of its participation in the World Humanitarian Summit next year in Istanbul, the Sovereign Order of Malta is organising the Symposium “Religions together for humanitarian action”. Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together in the UN Geneva Headquarters on May 27th to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit – an initiative of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon – these including the contribution of faith based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.






Quake in Nepal: Order of Malta’s rescue teams have reached Kathmandu



After the terrible earthquake that struck the country on 25 April, with over 5000 people dead, the Order of Malta’s international relief organization – Malteser International – has sent more humanitarian aid workers to Nepal. Order of Malta teams of rescuers and health experts are currently working in Dhulikhel, the epicentre of the quake, and in Gorkha district, also badly damaged. A further Malteser International team consisting of a doctor, a paramedic and a first aider is on its way to Kathmandu.


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Earthquake in Nepal: Worldwide Relief Agency of the Order of Malta sends an assessment team



The first aid workers from Malteser International are on their way to Nepal. An assessment team was dispatched to the region on Sunday morning. On the scene, they will be able to form an overview of the situation and begin setting in motion the first emergency relief measures. The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency and called for international assistance.


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The Sovereign Order of Malta and the Republic of San Marino sign a civil defence agreement



The Republic of San Marino’s Secretary of State for the Territory and Environment with responsibility for Civil Defence, Antonella Mularoni, and the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, yesterday signed in the Magistral Palace in Rome a memorandum of understanding for civil defence. The memorandum, confirming the excellent relations existing between the two sovereign entities since 1935, highlights training and prevention and interventions for the re-establishment of normal living conditions following natural disasters or particular climatic and atmospheric conditions that could threaten the safety of San Marino’s citizens.


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