The diplomatic activities of the Order 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 June of 2008, the Government of Canada established official relations with the Order of Malta and the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See was designated as Canada's official representative. "Canada holds the Order of Malta in the highest esteem, and appreciates its long-standing charitable and humanitarian work".
In the international political field, the Order of Malta is neutral, impartial and non-political. Because of these characteristics, the Order can act as a mediator whenever a State requests its intervention to settle a dispute.
The Order has steadily increased its diplomatic relations in recent years. Today the Order has Diplomatic Missions in over 100 countries - many of which are non-Catholic - and missions to some European countries, as well as to European and international organizations.
Canada’s Recognition of the Order of Malta
Order of Malta at the United Nations
The Grand Hospitaller, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager addressing the Security Council on November 11th of 2009 on the subject of the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. This is the first time the Order has been invited to address the United Nations Council. The Order's inclusion in the debate was met with unanimous approval by the Council. In the picture, His Excellency is shown speaking and to his left is HE Robert Shafer, the Order's former Ambassador to the United Nations.