Embassy of the Order of Malta to Lithuania

EMBASSY OF THE SOVEREIGN MILITARY HOSPITALLER ORDER OF ST.JOHN OF JERUSALEM OF RHODES AND OF MALTA:

Gedimino pr.56B, LT-01110, Vilnius

Tel: +370 (5) 249 86 04

Fax: +370 (5) 249 74 63

E-mail: maltos.ordinas@maltieciai.lt

BARON CHRISTIAN VON BECHTOLSHEIM

AMBASSADOR TO LITHUANIA

lithuaniaembassy@orderofmalta.org

HANKO VON KNOBELSDORFF

COUNSELOR

E-mail: hanko@knobelsdorff.net

ARVYDAS BRUŽAS

HEAD OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Mob: +370 687 563 74

E-mail: arvydas.bruzas@maltieciai.lt

AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN VON BECHTOLSHEIM

Baron Christian Freiherr von Bechtolsheim was born in Munich in 1960. He graduated in Business and Psychology at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1987, and was then working in asset management at Matushka Group. Later on he was employed in senior positions at Bayerischen Vereinsbank and Dresdner Bank. From 1996 to June 2000 Christian Freiherr von Bechtolsheim was the Head of DG Capital Management GmbH, the asset management arm of DG-Bank-Konzerns. Since 2000 he has been a founding shareholder and CEO at FOCAM AG in Frankfurt am Main.
Ever since 1987 baron Christian Freiherr von Bechtolsheim has been actively involved in the Order of Malta’s activities in Germany. He is a member of the Investment Committee at the University of Johann Wolfgang Goethe in Frankfurt am Main apart from other socially active roles in Germany.
Christian Freiherr von Bechtolsheim was accredited as the Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta to Lithuania in March 2012.

DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITIES OF THE ORDER OF MALTA IN THE WORLD

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 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 104 countries – many of which are non-Catholic – and missions to some European countries, as well as to European and international organisations.

The Order of Malta has relations at Ambassador level:

European Commission

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)

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)

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:

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)

IOM – International Organization for Migration – (Geneva)

UNIDROIT – International Institute for the Unification of Private Law – (Rome)

UNILAT- Latin Union – (Santo Domingo, Paris)

Council of Europe – (Strasbourg)

The diplomatic corpus of the Order of Malta is formed from the professional diplomats that have retired from the professional service but want to share their experience and knowledge in voluneering sector, or the active members of the Order of Malta who have competencies in International Relations.

The ambassadors of the Order of Malta are appointed by the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council. The ambassadors take up their duties from the moment when the Head of the State to which they have been accredited, accepts their letters of credence.  The Order also has its representatives at the United Nations, at the European Commission and other intergovernmental and international organizations.

The mission of the ambassadors is strictly humanitarian, voluntary and non-political. Its purpose is to ensure a diplomatic channel, which would facilitate humanitarian assistance and coordination with the needs of the society. By working together with a certain country‘s National Association of the Order of Malta and the Order of Malta‘s relief organizations or by coordinating humanitarian aid to the places, where the associations are not present yet, the ambassadors ensure the aid is provided as soon and as effectively as possible.