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The Mission in Geneva develops relations with international and intergovernmental humanitarian organizations to inform them about the activities of the Order of Malta and to define possible fields of cooperation. Our work focuses on :

Should you wish to contact a representative of the Order of Malta at an international conference in Geneva, please note that the Delegation is seated near other Observer delegations, such as the Holy See, Palestine and the ICRC.


Geneva, Nov 26 – 2018

How to promote and protect human rights in a multi-polar world: Perspectives from UN Observer Delegations organised on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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Palais des Nations – 9 November 2018

Geneva Peace Week – Inter-Faith Dialogue for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Palais des Nations – 9 November 2018

In cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta organized a high-level discussion on interfaith dialogue.
Keynote speakers from the Russian and Nigerian Parliaments as well as Christian and Muslim representatives addressed the valuable contribution of interfaith dialogue to prevention and resolution of conflicts.
Of particular interest was the combination of views expressed by high ranking parliamentarians on one hand and religious representatives on the other.
Also, the Honourable Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Senate and Member of the IPU Executive Committee, announced a United Nations and IPU initiative to hold a “World Summit on Interfaith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue” in 2022. Senator Kosachev is leading IPU’s preparatory process for this event, in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 72/278.




European Anti-Trafficking Day – Combating Human Trafficking: Panel Discussion 18-10-2018.


2 October 2018, Palais des Nations

The Grand Master and the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta conferred upon the founders of Pax Press Agency, Mrs. Patricia Peschken and Mr. Christian Peschken, the awards “Pro Merito Melitensi”, respectively the Cross with Shield and the Cross of Officer.  The ceremony took place at the Palais des Nations on 2nd October 2018 in the presence of the members of the Order’s Permanent Observer Mission and H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See. Mr. and Mrs. Peschken were honored in recognition of their valuable support and contribution to the Order’s work through their communication channels.



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


Human Rights Council – 30th Session – Ambassador Pictet Althann Speech

H.E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to the U.N. Geneva, full length intervention from today during the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council, at the U.N. Geneva. Topic: Contemporary forms of Slavery.


ECOSOC Conference “Humanitarian Affairs” at the U N


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


UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Debate on Freedom of Religion or Belief


H.E. Ambassador Marie-Therese Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Order of Malta to the U.N. Geneva, comments about the Report (on Tuesday March 10) of the Special Rapporteur Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, during the 28th session of the Human Rights Council.

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