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 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.
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 â€śReligions together for humanitarian actionâ€ť. 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 â€“ an initiative of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon â€“ these including the contribution of faith based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.
Department set up with Ordre de Malte France is renovated On 4 March last the Ho Chi Minh hospital, in the largest city in Vietnam, and Ordre de Malte France inaugurated a new pavilion in this dermatology-venereology facility. Created thanks to an agreement in 1991, the department has been renovated to become an independent pavilion on three floors covering a total area of 1,600 square metres. The pavilion has rehabilitation and physiotherapy areas and will mostly treat leprosy patients. 300 new cases of Hansenâ€™s disease are diagnosed every year in Vietnam.
Health care nearly collapsed, neighbouring countries close to the limit of their capacity March 15th will mark the fourth year since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, and a political solution to the crisis continues to be nowhere in sight. Malteser International, the Order of Maltaâ€™s relief service for humanitarian aid, appeals to the international community to strengthen its efforts to alleviate the enormous, unprecedented plight of the civilian population.
With over 25 percent of offenders worldwide, the United States has the largest prison population. There are currently two million people incarcerated in state or federal prisons and four million on probation. A situation that has repercussions on the living conditions of inmates since recent estimates state that American prisons are operating at 40 percent above capacity. Aid and psychological assistance for prisoners is one of the main activities of the Order of Maltaâ€™s American Association. This project also involves the Orderâ€™s other north-American entities â€“ the Federal, Western and Canadian Associations â€“ and has led to the creation of a coordination committee.