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Malteser International at the International Green Film Festival in Seoul

17/06/2014

“More than a tree” selected amongst films on disaster risk reduction in Myanmar

“More than a tree”, a film of the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency Malteser International, has been selected as one of the 100 best films out of 1,000 submissions from 97 countries to be presented during the International Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Produced in 2012 by Khin Myanmar/Yangon Film Services, the film shows one of Malteser International’s disaster risk reduction projects in Myanmar. Every year, coastal communities in Rakhine State on the north-western coast of Myanmar are exposed to the threat of floods and cyclones.

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Floods in Serbia: the Order of Malta’s Embassy Delivers Food Aid

11/06/2014

The Order of Malta’s Embassy in Belgrade has just delivered an initial shipment of food aid to victims of the recent floods in Serbia, where over 50 deaths have been recorded and damages are estimated at one billion euro.
A second consignment of 17 tons of foodstuffs, clothing and personal hygiene products will be distributed to the stricken population thanks to a generous contribution from a well-known Italian supermarket chain.

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Fleeing from Fear and Despair

08/06/2014

A journey to Lampedusa recounts at first hand the work carried out by the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps’ volunteers

Giada, a young Order of Malta volunteer doctor from Sicily who is assisting the migrants on Lampedusa, has despair impressed on her arms. It’s a spring evening, dusk is falling; the air is cool on board the Cost Guards’ ATR 300 and we’re wearing long-sleeved jackets. We’re crouched in the patrol vessel used for rescuing the migrants’  boats to interview the volunteers who are present at the moment when fear turns into hope for those who find strong and expert arms at the end of a long and extenuating journey.   And they desperately grasp those arms, using their last strength with a force they don’t realise they possess.  The bruises on Giada Bellanca’s forearms are evidence of a human experience that the 33-year-old doctor will carry with her for the rest of her life.

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The Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta was held in Rome

31/05/2014

The Assembly has elected government members for the next five-year term

Presided over by the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta was held in Rome on 30 and 31 May.  The Chapter General is convened every five years to elect the members of the Sovereign Council (the Government of the Order), the Government Council and the members of the Board of Auditors. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein was elected as Grand Commander, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was elected as Grand Chancellor, Head of the Executive Branch and Foreign Minister, whereas Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Janos von Esterhazy de Galantha, have been elected as Grand Hospitaller, Minister of Health and of International Cooperation, and as the Receiver of the Common Treasure respectively.

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The Order of Malta’s Projects in Timor-Leste

30/05/2014

An orphanage built and a health centre in the capital Dili soon to be operational

The Sovereign Order of Malta’s latest achievement in Timor-Leste, is the recently inaugurated orphanage for 26 children aged from 6 to 18. The facility, managed by the Dominican sisters, is in Hera, a few kilometres from the capital Dili.  It is surrounded by agricultural land which can help to make the structure self-sufficient and at the same time enable the children to learn a skill.

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC VISITS THE MAGISTRAL VILLA

26/05/2014

This morning the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, made a private visit to the Magistral Villa, the Order of Malta’s institutional Headquarters. The Head of State was received by the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing. After visiting the Church of St. Mary on the Aventine and the villa’s gardens, President Napolitano and the Grand Master enjoyed a cordial conversation.

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FLOODS IN SERBIA AND BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: THE GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE

22/05/2014

“On behalf of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s government, and me personally, I want to express to your people and to the victims’ families my most sincere condolences and my profound sorrow for the catastrophic floods that have struck the Balkans, causing death and destruction”. With these words the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, addressed in a note the president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović, and the president of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić.

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Uganda: the Order of Malta Distributes Aid to South Sudan Refugees

19/05/2014

According to United Nations figures, the civil crisis underway in South Sudan since the end of last year has made 1.3 million people homeless. Over three hundred thousand have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries, including Uganda.
In north Uganda, in the Rhino refugee camp, Malteser International, the Sovereign Order of Malta’s International Relief Agency, is intensifying its efforts to assist the refugees.

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COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN LA FRANCOPHONIE AND THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA

16/05/2014

The Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie and former President of Senegal, Abdou Diouf, and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Jean- Pierre Mazery, signed a cooperation agreement on 14 May in Paris for establishing a link between the two institutions in the areas of common interest.

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Credentials presented by Armenia and Liberia

14/05/2014

The Grand Master of the 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:

- Armenia, H.E. Mikayel MINASYAN
- Liberia, H.E. Rudolf P. von BALLMOOS.

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