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Newsletter - November 2013
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A selection of our latest interventions
Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan: Order of Malta focuses aid on thus far neglected Philippines islands

The Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency Malteser International is providing relief in areas urgently in need of aid, but that have thus far received little to no support.
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Lampedusa
The Commitment of the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps on Lampedusa

The Order of Malta has sent a total of 97 medics and volunteers to the island of Lampedusa, scene of the appalling tragedy when a boat crammed with hundreds of migrants caught fire and sank off the Italian coast.
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DR Congo
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Democratic Republic of Congo sits firmly at the top of the international classifications for the number of rapes committed on the civilian population. Here, the Order of Malta provides medical and psychological assistance for victims of rape. More
Haiti
Haiti: disaster risk reduction and cholera prevention go hand in hand

The Order of Malta is working with poor, disaster-prone communities to protect its citizens from disasters and cholera outbreaks. Its prevention programme will directly benefit more than 6,000 Haitians.
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Khaldieh centre
The Order of Malta is intensifying its medical and social activities on the Syrian border

The Order of Malta has stepped up its aid at the Khaldieh centre, which ranges from cardiology and endocrinology to pediatrics and gynaecology, and started a vaccination and health awareness campaign. More
Hungary care
The Order of Malta's auxiliary organisation in Hungary launches new online care initiative

The online programme provides a series of short instructions, set out in small videos, on how to care for the disabled and for patients returning from hospital.
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Diplomatic Activities 
Grand Master at UNESCO
The Grand Master addresses the General Conference of UNESCO

The Grand Master was welcomed by the President of the General Conference, H.E. Hao Ping, who stressed 
the Sovereign Order of Malta's significant contribution to the building of peace through its worldwide humanitarian and health assistance. More
Cooperation Agreement
The Grand Chancellor visits Mauritius to sign a Cooperation Agreement

A Cooperation Agreement was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
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President of Costa Rica
The President of Costa Rica meets the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta

The Order of Malta’s profitable cooperation with Costa Rica was discussed as well as Costa Rica's relations with Nicaragua following a territorial dispute. More
Mayor of Bethlehem
The Grand Master receives the Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun

The meeting focused on the living conditions of Palestinians in the West Bank and the excellent relations between the institutions of Bethlehem and the Sovereign Order of Malta. 
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King of Sweden
The King of Sweden receives the Grand Master

The Sovereign Order of Malta’s delegation was received by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
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Prime Minister of Lithuania
The Lithuanian Prime Minister on an official visit to the Sovereign Order of Malta

T
he Grand Chancellor received the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania. In his speech the Prime Minister said, "We are very satisfied with the initiatives developed by the Order of Malta in Lithuania." More
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Rome Reports
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan: Watch Rome Reports video interview with Marina Moll, Grand Hospitaller's Office.
Daily Telegraph
Lampedusa tragedy: Read the Daily Telegraph article which quotes the Grand Hospitaller.
Vatican Radio
Syrian refugees: listen to Vatican Radio's interview with Marianna Balfour, speaking from Lebanon.
Times of Malta
Syria: read the Times of Malta article 'Knights of Malta easing the suffering of Syrian refugees'.
Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan: View images of the Order's emergency relief work in the Philippines.
Driving Miss Chin
Vietnam: Watch 'Driving Miss Chin', a short video on protecting the disabled from disasters.
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Presentation of Credential Letters of Ambassadors

Ambassadors accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta
- Poland, H.E. Piotr Nowina-Konopka
 
(26.11.2013)
- Jordan, H.E. Zaid Al Lozi (26.11.2013)

- Slovakia, H.E. Peter Sopko (30.10.2013)
- Bulgaria, H.E. Kiril Liubomirov Topalov (30.10.2013)

Ambassadors of the Sovereign Order of Malta
- Romania, H.E. Jakob Kripp (13.11.2013)
- Palestine National Authority, H.E. Justin Simpson (6.10.2013)
- Hungary, H.E. Michael Habsburg-Lothringen (1.10.2013)

- Philippines, H.E. Odelia Gregorio Arroyo (27.08.2013)
Special Events
Grand Master in Mexico
Fra’ Matthew Festing participates in Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage and visits many works of charity of the Order of Malta in Mexico

The Grand Master led the pilgrimage of the sick and also visited a number of the Order's works for the poor in Mexico, a land of extreme poverty in a country of over 116 million people where the average age is just 27. More
Hungary Conference
The Grand Master opens the Order of Malta Regional Conference on Central and Eastern Europe at the Hungarian Parliament

The conference was an opportunity to review the initiatives the Order has promoted in this part of Europe, also thanks to the development of social services in Hungary, where the Order of Malta’s assistance corps helps the needy with the support of 20,000 volunteers. More
Johanniter event
An ecumenical celebration in Berlin for the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Johanniter Order after 900 years of shared history

The celebration was held in Berlin cathedral in the presence of the President of the German Federal Republic, Joachim Gauck. It was led by the Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg–Silesia, Markus Dröge, and by the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. 
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