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.
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.
After 2 years of worldwide consultations, 9000 participants came together in Istanbul between 23 - 24 May 2016 for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit to reshape the field of 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.