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.

 

 


 

 


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


Final Report on the Symposium « Religions together for Humanitarian Action”, held on 27 May at the Palais des Nations


We have the honor to enclose herewith the Final Report on the Symposium « Religions together for Humanitarian Action”, held on 27 May at the Palais des Nations. The event was organized by the Sovereign Order of Malta in cooperation with the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat and placed under the WHS’s fourth theme “Serving the needs of people in conflict”.
The Symposium focused in particular on the crucial role of religion-based actors in the architecture of international humanitarian activity. The discussions, the large attendance of participants, the general feedback received, the interest of the media and the interaction with social media actors such as faith-based and other institutions, revealed the special interest given to this topic by the international community.
The Symposium represented a unique opportunity to exchange information and experiences among representatives of different religions in the field of humanitarian action. This is fundamental for the definition of actions and policies of the coming years, especially for the proposals to be submitted to the World Humanitarian Summit.




 

 

ECOSOC Conference "Humanitarian Affairs" at the U N







 

 

Human Trafficking Session and Side Event at the U.N. Geneva







 

 

Preparatory Symposium for 2016 UN World Humanitarian Summit - "Religions Together for Humanitarian Action"







Religions Together for Humanitarian Action

Reaching out to victims of armed conflicts: 
the special role of faith-based actors

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' to be held at the United Nations Geneva on May 27th 2015, 1-6pm.

Policy makers, religious leaders and academics will gather together to tackle sensitive issues related to the 2016 summit, including the contribution of faith-based organisations in war theatres and the role of religions in promoting reconciliation and resilience building.

Click here to register for the symposium. Please note that registration to attend is compulsory and will close late Thursday 21st May.

To find out who will be part of the symposium panel, and for further information, click here

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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.






 

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