Interview with Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann
With over 2,500 conferences organised each year, Geneva, the humanitarian capital of the world, is a centre of multilateral diplomacy. 172 Permanent Missions, 30 international organisations and some 250 NGOs make up ‘international Geneva’ with a workforce of 28,000 diplomats and civil servants. The Sovereign Order of Malta has Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and its specialised agencies. Its scope is to develop relations with international and intergovernmental humanitarian organisations and to inform them about the activities of the Order of Malta, by contributing to the discussions on all aspects related to the protection of human dignity. Head of the diplomatic mission since 2005, in this interview Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, explains her role and how the Mission has changed over the years.
In an interview with British newspaper the Catholic Herald, the Grand Chancellor illustrates the work of the Order of Malta in the violence-ridden Middle East theatre and offers an overview of the current international scenario, underlying the undergoing major geopolitical changes. The Grand Chancellor also calls for the implementation of the human rights treaties stressing how all sides must respect the fundamental humanitarian laws.
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, received today in audience in the Magistral Palace for the presentation of their Letters of Credence, the new Ambassadors of:
- Cuba, H.E.Rodney Alejandro LÓPEZ CLEMENTE
- Chile, H.E. Mónica JIMÉNEZ DE LA JARA
Last Monday, 20 October, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan), David Yung-Lo Lin, visiting Rome for the beatification of Paul VI, was received in the Magistral Palace by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Receiver of the Common Treasure, János Esterhazy de Galantha.
During the talks the humanitarian commitment of the two governments in Africa, South America and Asia was discussed as well as a joint venture in the healthcare sector.