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Permanent Observer Mission in Geneva

Order of Malta


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.


United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 5th Annual Interfaith Dialogue Loving one’s Neighbour

On the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan organized the 5th Annual Geneva Interfaith Dialogue entitled “Loving one’s neighbor”. This event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Azerbaïdjan, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, the Singapore, the Holy See, the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the United Nations Christian Association (UNCA), the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP), the Geneva Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and Global Dialogue (GCAHRGD) and World Vision. Representatives of different religions and faiths shared their thoughts on faith- driven values and the responsibility of governments and the international community at large to harness the vast mobilizing potential of faith. Participants highlighted the main theme of “Loving one’s neighbor” and focused on the commonalities of their religions, rather than their differences, to advocate peace amongst religious groups throughout the world. The dialogue offered the opportunity to see the links between faith, politics and society.


Statement by H.E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer

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IOM 110th Session of the Council General Debate

H.E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann made a statement during the 110th session of the IOM Council

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Geneva Peace Week: The role of religions in settling conflicts

The Permanent Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta organized an event entitled “The role of religions in settling conflicts” in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Azerbaijan, Lebanon, the Holy See, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).

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72nd World Health Assembly, 20 -28 May 2019- Palais des Nations

Intervention by H.E. Ambassador  Marie-Thérèse Pictet- Althann

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Side event with Malteser International on Accounting for inclusivity in the Sendai Framework for DRR

13 -17 May 2019


Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – 13 -17 May 2019


“Celebration of diversity: beyond tolerance the path towards empathy” March 21st 2019


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.



Sovereign Order of Malta

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