Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations with 107 States

The diplomatic activities of the Sovereign Order of Malta are closely linked to its humanitarian mission: the presence of accredited diplomatic missions in more than 100 countries of the world supports the activities of the Order.

In the international political field, the Order of Malta is neutral, impartial and non-political. Because of these characteristics, it can act as a mediator whenever a State requests its intervention to help settle a dispute.


Multilateral relations

Multilateral relations with the United Nations, European Union and the principal international organisations allow the Sovereign Order of Malta to take its expertise from the field to the diplomatic table.

Through its ambassadors and diplomatic representatives, the Order’s views on issues at the core of its commitment – human rights, healthcare, food security – are represented on the international stage.

The Sovereign Order of Malta contributes with its expertise to global consultations and to the definition of possible fields of cooperation in healthcare, social assistance and emergency relief.


The Order of Malta has relations at Ambassador level:

European Union

The Order of Malta has permanent observer missions to the United Nations and its specialised agencies:

United Nations – New York
United Nations – Geneva
United Nations – Vienna

ESCAP – United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – (Bangkok)
FAO – Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations – (Rome)
IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency – (Vienna)
IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development – (Rome)
UNECA – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa – (Addis Ababa)
UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme – (Nairobi)
UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – (Paris)
UNHCHR – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – (Geneva)
UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – (Geneva)
UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization – (Vienna)
UNODC – United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime – (Vienna)
UNOOSA – United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs – (Vienna)
WFP – World Food Programme of the United Nations – (Rome)
WHO – World Health Organization – (Geneva)


The Order of Malta has delegations or representations to international organizations:

AU – African Union – (Addis Ababa)
CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Countries – Lisbon
CTBTO- Preparatory Commission for the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban Treaty Organization – (Vienna)
ICCROM – International Centre for the study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property – (Rome)
ICMM – International Committee of Military Medicine – (Brussels)
ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross – (Geneva)
IDB – Inter-American Development Bank – (Washington D.C.)
IIHL – International Institute of Humanitarian Law – (Sanremo, Geneva)
IFRC -International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – (Geneva)
IOC – Indian Ocean Commission – (Ebène, Mauritius)
IOF – International Organization of La Francophonie – (Paris)
IOM – International Organization for Migration – (Geneva)
PAM – Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean – (Malta)
SICA – Central American Integration System – (San Salvador)
UNIDROIT – International Institute for the Unification of Private Law – (Rome)
UNILAT- Latin Union – (Santo Domingo, Paris)
Council of Europe – (Strasbourg)