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Humanitarian Diplomacy

Suffering has many faces, and takes many forms. Its causes are also manifold: poverty, ignorance, war, famine, flood, disease, terrorism, oppression as well as natural or man-made disasters, all create the conditions for human misery that the Order strives to relieve.

Wherever it is needed, and for whatever the reason, our work in providing humanitarian aid is facilitated through the diplomatic relations that exist between the Order and 108 national states, and through official relations with six European governments. We also work through our permanent observer missions to the United Nations, at permanent representative level with the European Commission, and with other intergovernmental and international organisations.

The Order’s Diplomatic Corps is appointed by the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council.

Ambassadors’ missions are strictly humanitarian, totally voluntary and always impartial. They exist to smooth the way for the Order’s 13,500 members, 80,000 permanent volunteers and 25,000 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, to deliver humanitarian aid in accordance with the need. Using their skills in diplomacy and negotiation, they help to ensure that aid can be delivered promptly and effectively, working with the National Associations of the Order where they exist in a particular country, or taking responsibility for co-ordinating aid activities where they do not.

The Order has a policy of active relations with the major international organizations involved in humanitarian work, seeking to operate in partnership with key international players and both government and non-governmental organisations.

In this context, the Order is playing an increasingly active part in the consultation and planning process, to which it can contribute its extensive experience, its familiarity with the situation in the field, and its own particular form of expertise.

World Humanitarian Summit – Order of Malta participation

Order of Malta – Key Figures

Humanitarian Diplomacy: Saving It When It Is Most Needed

Diplomatie humanitaire – Transversaux

Les Valeurs fondatrices de l’humanitaire.pdf

Sovereign Order of Malta

Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations - Geneva 3, place Claparède CH - 1205 Geneva