Athens, 8 March 2022
An emblematic and highly symbolic event, dedicated to the ‘The Parthenon’s Expatriate Goddesses’, was organised by the Acropolis Museum and the Marianna V.
Athens, 12 November 2021
Heads of State and Government and an impressive list of important personalities from around the world celebrated UNESCO’s 75th Anniversary at a special ceremony,
Athens, 28 October 2021
With a view to the aftermath of the pandemic for all mankind, this year’s Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors was held today at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris,
Athens, 27 September 2021
H.E. the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Monday, September 27th, 2021. The Prime Minister was welcomed by the Director-General of UNESCO Mrs.
Athens, 13 September 2021
With a modest and simple ceremony, dedicated to the memory of Mikis Theodorakis andin the presence of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms.
Athens, 21 July 2021
The President of the International Honorary Committee of the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” & UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis was proclaimed Honorary Citizen of Salamis,
Athens, 7 July 2021
With an emblematic event, tribute to the work and legacy of Nelson Mandela, which took place at the Zappeion Megaron, in Athens,
AT THE OPENING OF THE DELPHI ECONOMIC FORUM
Athens, 10 May 2021
Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and United Nations Nelson Mandela Award 2020 Laureate,
Athens, 19 March 2021
Another touching initiative, the Online Award Ceremony for the Winners of the Panhellenic Student Painting Competition, organized by the “Marianna V.
Athens, 15 February 2021
H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou stood by the side of the children of “ELPIDA” on Monday,
Athens, 9 December 2020
Heads of State, leading scientists and distinguished speakers from around the world were welcomed online by the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of “ELPIDA –
Athens, 21 December 2020
Love and offering find their way under all conditions to warm people’s hearts. And on this year’s different Christmas for everyone, Mrs. Marianna V.
Athens, 17 December 2020
H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou had a teleconference with the President of the International Honorary Committee of the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae –
Athens, 11 December 2020
On the occasion of the International Day for Children and the World Human Rights Day, the “Marianna V.
Athens, 2 December 2020
The celebrations for the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” culminate with a great national offer from the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation”.
Athens, 24 November 2020
The plan to create an Archaeological Museum in Ermioni was put up today in an online discussion held under the Minister of Culture and Sports,
Athens, 17 November 2020
Marianna V. Vardinoyannis: Even in the deepest darkness, there is light. (There is) Hope!
Miltiadis Varvitsiotis: The round of discussions of the Greek Presidency opened with Science and closes with Hope!
Saturday, 14 November 2020
On Thursday, November 12th 2020, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The Hellenic Initiative,
Athens, 14 October 2020
Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, spoke in the ERT-1 News Bulletin, and specifically to the journalist Mrs.
Athens, 14 September 2020
Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, participated in the two-day virtual Summit of the “Laureates and Leaders for Children” Organization,
Athens, 9 September 2020
The President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, conferred the Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence on UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis.
The President of the Republic delivered the following address:
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
An in-depth discussion on important issues concerning Greece, but also the world community, between the Director General of UNESCO Mrs. Audrey Azoulay and the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Mrs.
The Nelson Rohilhalha Mandela prize is awarded to Marianna V. Vardinoyannis to recognize the achievement of 30 years fighting child cancer through her two Foundations dedicated to children: she gave one Foundation her name,
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
On the occasion of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Prize 2020, Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias, organized a special event in honour of Mrs Marianna V.
Monday, July 20 2020
The “Nelson Mandela Prize 2020”, the highest honor for humanitarian work, was awarded to the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna V.
H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, had a meeting with the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis on Friday,
The timeless messages of the Battle of Salamis and the Battle of Thermopylae, in a critical period for humanity, were discussed at the 5th Delphi Economic Forum by the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and President of the Honorary Committee of the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamina 2020”,
With an objective of cultivating international solidarity and cooperation between states for addressing the pandemic, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, is making a series of contacts with important personalities and leaders from across the world.
Athens, Tuesday 19 May 2020
Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the Honorary Committee for the “Salamis –
Love and giving for children know no borders. The major contribution of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center to the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis – ELPIDA’ Children’s Oncology Unit proved this,
The ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation and the ‘ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer’ continue to offer hope and consolation to our fellow human beings suffering hardship throughout Greece due to the pandemic.
A loving embrace for the children who need care, safety, and protection, above all else, during these trying times, was offered by the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation’ and the ‘ELPIDA –
The ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation and the ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer remain on the front lines with assistance and solidarity, supporting vulnerable groups hit hard by the pandemic.
The Holy Metropolis of Piraeus accepted the offer of the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation’ and the ‘Elpida – Association of Friends of Children with Cancer’,
The ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation and ‘ELPIDA’ have opened a loving embrace for all of Greece to support our fellow human beings hit hardest by the Covid-19 health crisis.
The ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation and the ‘ELPIDA-Association of Friends of Children with Cancer’ will be supporting families in need which are under the care and protection of the Holy Metropolis of Fthiotida with care packages this Easter.
The ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation and the ‘ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer’ opened an embrace of love and support for our fellow human beings who belong to vulnerable groups (the needy) and have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
The ‘ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer’ and the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ Foundation are providing substantial support – through a number of actions – for our fellow human beings experiencing the greatest hardship from the coronavirus pandemic.
The ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer and the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation are providing ongoing support – through a number of actions – for our fellow human beings suffering greater hardship from the coronavirus pandemic.
The ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer and the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation opened a great loving and caring embrace for our fellow human beings hit hardest by the coronavirus-pandemic crisis.
The Municipality of Piraeus is participating in the events of the ‘Thermopylae – Salamis 2020’ Anniversary Year, as announced by the Mayor Mr Giannis Moralis,
With His Eminence, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos met the President of the Honorary Committee of Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis,
Speech by Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of Honorary Committee of Anniversary Year “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020”
Dear Mr Minister,
Dear Mr Governor of the Bank of Greece,
A special event was held on occasion of the “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” Anniversary Year, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, under the auspices of his Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic,
The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos met withthe Board of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.
“I would like to warmly thank you all for your presence at the Presidential Mansion of the Hellenic Republic,
A strong international message about the dangers of climate change and the need to protect the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean was sent by prominent figures from Greece and abroad,
International Scientific Conference “Thermopylae and Salamis: Assessing Their Importance in the Modern World” – Θερμοπύλες – Σαλαμίνα 2020
The events of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation for the 2500 year anniversary of the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis were kicked off with an international scientific conference,
An important event to promote reading and equal access to education was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, on Saturday, 18 January 2020, with the support of the “Marianna V.
Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis met with the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Audrey Azoulay, on Saturday, 18 January 2020, at the UNESCO headquarters,
“Marianna V. Vardinoyannis” Foundation cooperation with Athens College – Θερμοπύλες – Σαλαμίνα 2020
A Memorandum of Cooperation, in the context of the “Salamis – Thermopylae 2020” Anniversary Year was signed between the Administration and Management of the Athens College and the “Marianna V.
It was the younger generation, and specifically the students of the Primary Schools of the entire country, which Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of the foundation with her name and President of the Honorary Committee of the “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” Anniversary Year,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis visited the Cultural Center of the Holy Metropolis of Nikaia on Friday 20 December 2019, during a Christmas food distribution event, to be there for our fellow citizens in need.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis attended the beautiful Christmas pageant put on by the children of the Agios Nikolaos Nursery School of Ano Liossia,
Once again, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis opened her embrace for the residents of Mandra, when she visited Mandra, Attica, on Thursday,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis offered affection and warmth to children of underprivileged families and the homeless of the Municipality of Nikaia – Agios Ioannis Rentis. On Tuesday,
A joint press conference was held for the 2020 SALAMIS-THERMOPYLAE ANNIVERSARY by the President of the Honorary Deanship, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, the Minister of Culture,
On Friday, 13 December 2019, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis visited the children staying at the Lyreion Children’s Institute.
Mrs Vardinoyannis visited the nearly 50 children staying at the Lyreion Children’s Institute shortly before Christmas,
In the framework of the XIX High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, held in Rome, His Excellency, Mr Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic,
UNESCO Good Will Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis met with Pope Francis on Wednesday 27 November 2019, at the Vatican.
“I thank God for blessing me with the honour of meeting you for a second time.
The proceedings of the XIX High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center were officially launched with a speech by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis before the Italian Senate,
The 8th Educational Seminar for Teachers of the Speak Truth to Power Programme was successfully held at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel on Monday 29 October 2019.
A glorious and moving ceremony was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Monday, 21 October 2019, in celebration of the ten-year Anniversary of the Center for Hellenic Studies,
An event marking the opening of a series of Events for the Celebration the 2500-year Anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis was held in Athens,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is truly a special honor for me to be with you today. I would like to thank the “Democracy and Culture Foundation”,
Students from the SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER Programme of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and Axion Hellas gave an interactive presentation in the presence of Mrs Kerry Kennedy,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, human rights activist and President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, Mrs Kerry Kennedy and Ted Kennedy,
On Tuesday, 27 August 2019, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, and the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Hellenistic Studies,
The award ceremony for the 2018-2019 Student Painting Competition was held with great success and with the participation of dozens of students from schools across the country, at the NJV Athens Plaza hotel,
A resounding message on the need to protect our cultural heritage was sent during the event for the Greek World Heritage Monuments organised by the Marianna V.
Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ speech
“Humanism and Volunteering: When Defending Health and Solidarity Become a Way of Life”
Your Excellency Mr President of the Hellenic Republic,
The President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights andhuman rights activist, Mrs Kerry Kennedy, sided with the national issue regarding the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece,
The 7th Educational Seminar for Teachers of the Speak the Truth to Power Programme was held on Monday 18 March 2019 at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel.
The Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation actively stands by athletes with disabilities, following the decision of its President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis to sponsor four athletes with disabilities.
The Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and Special Olympics Hellas jointly organised a touching night filled with hope and optimism to support the Greek Delegation to the Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
A great distinction for the vast humanitarian work of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis completed her visit to New York, in the framework of the 73rd UN General Assembly, by receiving two honorary distinctions,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, attended the annual charity dinner organised by the international non-profit organisation “Global Hope Coalition”, on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis attended the “summit meeting” of the global elite at the annual awards ceremony of the “Appeal of Conscience” Foundation in New York on Wednesday 26 September 2018.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis made important international contacts and attended meetings centred around social contribution and solidarity, within the framework of her visit to New York,
On Monday, 24 September, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis participated in the proceedings of the annual “Concordia Summit” held in New York.
The meaning of our national identity and the challenges Greek society faces inside a complex international environment were the topics of reflection of the important thinkers, academics but also athletes who took part in the one-day Conference called “
Through a highly symbolic visit on Tuesday 21 August to the Lyreio Children’s Institution, which was completely destroyed by the recent deadly fires in Eastern Attica,
At a modest but symbolic ceremony at the Town Hall of Ermioni, and in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the first “Marianna V.
The Hellenic Initiative is pleased to announce that Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis has joined the organization’s Board of Directors serving also on its Executive Committee. The longstanding commitment of Mrs.
The meaning of our national identity and the challenges Greek society faces inside a complex international environment were the topics of reflection of the important thinkers, academics but also athletes who took part in the one-day Conference called “
On Thursday, 15 March 2018, within the framework of the visit she carried out to Azerbaijan on the occasion of her participation in the work of the VI Baku Forum,
A special event with an international air, attended by women ambassadors and ambassadors’ spouses from 36 countries of the world and another 200 successful and active women from Greece and abroad,
The 18th anniversary of the Charter of Paris Against Cancer was celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO on 5 February 2018 – one day after World Cancer Day –
The awards ceremony for the winners of the students’ painting contest 2017, organised by the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” and the Children’s Gallery of Greece, took place on 22 January 2018 at the NJV ATHENS PLAZA hotel.
The Academy of Athens presented its annual awards for 2017 during a celebratory event held 21 December 2017 at the Academy’s ceremonial hall.
The “ELPIDA”Association of Friends of Children with Cancer was awarded a Gold Medal,
The 3-day international “Hellenistic Alexandria: Celebrating 24 centuries” conference, organised by the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Acropolis Museum and the Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences and taking place under the auspices of His Excellency,
The International Meeting entitled “ADDRESSING THE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES OF A EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP,” which was organised by the “Nizami Ganjavi International Center” (NGIC), in collaboration with the ‘Marianna V.
On the 10th of November 2017, during a heart-warming and impressive ceremony organised at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, the entire family of the International Organisation, high-ranking officers, Goodwill Ambassadors, UNESCO Artists for Peace and many other prominent figures from all over the world came to pay tribute to Ms.
The “Women’s International Club Athens” (WIC) held its Ordinary General Meeting yesterday, with official guest and keynote speaker UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Marianna Vardinoyannis.
As she opened the meeting,
During its 5th Annual Gala, which it held on Friday, 29 September 2017, in New York City The “Hellenic Initiative” honoured UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis for the breadth and duration of her social work and for her leading role in the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer “ELPIDA,” presenting her with the Hellenic American Leadership Award.
On 19 June 2017, in the conference hall of the Children’s Oncology Unit, the Palestinian Ambassador to Greece, Marwan Toubassi, on behalf of the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, awarded the “Medal of Honour and Distinction” to the president of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer “ELPIDA,” Marianna V.
On 15 June 2017, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a conference was held on “The human face of migration: Historical perspectives, testimonies and policy considerations.”
The Conference was held by UNESCO at United Nations University (UNU),
On 8 May 2017, the Hellenic Red Cross celebrated World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day at the Zappeion Megaron Peristilio.
During the event, Mrs. Vardinoyannis, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer and the ORAMA ELPIDA Association,
On 24 April 2017, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ms Marianna Vardinoyannis and the President of “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights”, Ms Kerry Kennedy, presented the education programme on human rights entitled Speak Truth to Power,
The Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 20 April 2017, with all eyes on the transitional phase people across the globe are currently going through.
With the participation of Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Ministers, leading figures and experts in global politics and Civil Society, the proceedings of the 5th Global Baku Forum, entitled “The Future of International Relations:
The events marking the 190th anniversary of the 3rd National Assembly of 1827 culminated splendidly – and in presence of the President of the Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and His Eminence Metropolitan Ephraim of Hydra,
Within the framework of the collaboration between the Philanthropic Organization of the Archbishopric of Athens, “Apostoli”, and the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation”, on 23 February His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and UNESCO Good Will Ambassador Mrs.
The Vardinoyannis Foundation and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina signed the renewal of their collaboration for the next five years on 7 February 2017, in Athens. The agreement concerns support for the scientific work carried out by the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies and was signed during the meeting between the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina,
For the second year in a row, the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation organized an event in honour of the students who distinguished themselves in the 2016 Painting Competition sponsored by the Children’s Gallery of Greece,
Acknowledging her social work, UNESCO appointed Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis as Goodwill Ambassador, in a ceremony held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in 1999. Since then, she participates in the Annual Meetings of the Goodwill Ambassadors and in many events and programs organised by UNESCO,
On 21 December 2016, the presentation of the Scrapbook DELPHIC HIGHLIGHTS took place at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Fix), with artwork from the collections of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD).
The Library of Alexandria that has been dominating the city of Alexander the Great and Konstantinos Kavafis since October 2002, constitutes one of the greatest lighthouses of culture and knowledge in the world as well as one of the greatest centres of dialogue among populations,
At the dawn of the new millennium, the General Assembly of the United Nations composed the Millennium Declaration, aiming at setting new goals and confirming the old ones, officially underlying for the first time the significance of collective responsibility,
On 22 November, 2016, a resounding message, regarding the faith in and dedication to the universal human values of peace, solidarity and understanding that we all need to have, was sent from the Athens Meeting “Welcoming Cities for Refugees:
Internationally renowned Professor of Oncology, David Khayat, founder of the Paris Charter Against Cancer, arrived in Cyprus on 25 October 2016, where he gave a lecture with the subject:
The refugee crisis must be addressed globally and collectively, since no country can handle it on its own, especially when this effort is based on universal values and respect for fundamental human rights.
One of the key purposes of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation is the protection of human rights, and in particular those of children, whereas its main areas of action are education,
Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, addressing with sensitivity the economic difficulties faced by many families, which in recent years have worsened due to the economic crisis, is there for them, through the “Support vulnerable social groups”
The Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation considers the education of children as the most important, after health, prerequisite for the prosperity and progress of the new generation, the creation of a society of worthy citizens and the building of a culture of peace;
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), launched an initiative on “Welcoming Cities for Refugees:
Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, in the framework of the “We Care” program of the “Marianna V.Vardinoyannis Foundation” for helping refugees visited the shelters of Karatepe and Moria at the island of Lesvos on April 25,
On 7 March 2016, The Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation organized a small party at the NJV ATHENS PLAZA Hotel in Syntagma Square in honour of the students that participated in the 2015 Painting Competition held by the Children’s Gallery of Greece
Forty-four young artists,
The “We Care- Refugee Child Medical Assistance Program” of the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” started on October 7, 2015, offering medical care to refugee children, aged 1 to 16 years old,
On September 23, 2015, “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” announced the beginning of its new program “WE CARE – Refugee Child Medical Assistance”, which aim is to provide medical care, vaccines and psychological support to the children of the refugees in Greece.
Athens, Greece 10 June 2015: A call to build a more peaceful and more fair world, where human dignity and human rights will be respected and protected, as well as a message of optimism,
Mrs. Vardinoyannis co-operates with several NGOs around the world, such as: Fondation pour l`Enfance (France), AVEC (France), International Peace Bureau (Switzerland), Hague Appeal for Peace, Jordan River Foundation (Jordan), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (USA),
In 1997, Mrs. Vardinoyannis founded the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” for the protection of children’s rights and the building of a better future for the children of the world.
Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis founded the Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA” in 1990, aiming to help and support children suffering from cancer, as well as their families.
Concerning her mission as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in her article included in the book* entitled “60 women contributing to the 60 years of UNESCO”, Mrs. Vardinoyannis writes inter alia:
UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary was marked in a moving, formal celebration on 31st October 2014 at the Organisation’s headquarters in Paris, with the participation of dignitaries from all over the world.
From 4 to 6 November 2014 “World Innovation Summit for Education” (W.I.S.E.)* held one of the largest international educational conferences, entitled: “Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education”
The “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” considering that education of children is the most important condition, after health, for the creation of a better society, has developed the “Support Schools Project”
I feel very honored to be here with you today at such a symbolic moment in the history of UNESCO. At the same time, I feel deeply touched by the kind invitation of the Director General to speak about one of the most important leading figures in world history.
the dances, the colors and the heartbeat of the magnificent culture of Azerbaijan.
The International Meeting “PARTHENON: The Integrity of a Symbolic Monument -The Role of Citizens-An International Campaign” was organized by the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” in cooperation with “Melina Mercouri Foundation”,
UNESCOs Good Will Ambassador, Ms. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, in a press conference held on June 24th, 2014, in the Acropolis Museum, announced the launch of the new International Campaign for the Reunification of Parthenon Marbles,
On the 20th of March 2014, at the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA”, the official opening of the Bone Marrow Donor Bank “ORAMA ELPIDAS” was held in the presence of representatives of the Church,
On the 20th of February 2014, in view of the global mobilization for the formulation of the new Millennium Development Goals after 2015, held in Athens international preparatory meeting on the initiative of the “Club de Madrid”
The highest international honor for the battle against cancer was awarded in February 2014 to the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and President of the Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA”,
More than 1200 delegates, including representatives of international organisations, politicians, eminent professors from international universities, business executives, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations from 100 countries worldwide, participated in the WISE -World Innovation Summit for Education* on the topic ”Reinventing Education for Life”,
The optimistic message that childhood cancer can be defeated was sent by the distinguished Greek and foreign clinicians and medical researchers who took part in a medical symposium entitled CHILDHOOD CANCER HAEMATOPOIETIC CELL TRANSPLANTATION,
Hundreds of friends of the ELPIDA Association, people who believed in its vision and have helped in the struggle for a better world, were present at the anniversary event to celebrate 20 years of operation for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit,
In October 2011, under the pressure of the economic crisis, which has led many social groups in Greece to despair, the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation joined forces with the Association of Friends of Children with cancer ELPIDA,
On the 23th of July, in the auditorium of the Museum for Cycladic Art in Athens, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis and Mrs. Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy,
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, distinguished public figures from many countries, joined voices and forces on 26 and 27 June 2013, in Paris, declaring once again their dedication to UNESCOs ideals and their determination to act to implement the international organization’s programmes.
In May 2013, on the occasion of the inauguration of the RobertF.Kennedy(RFK)InternationalHouseofHumanRightsin Florence, RFK Europe organised a Round Table on the Economy with a human face with the Indian philosopher and economist,
The International High Level Strategic Meeting on Education was held on 29 April 2013 in Doha, Qatar, sending a message of hope since the “Educate A Child” initiative (EAC) helped UNICEF keep 250,000 children from Syria,
On 18 April 2013 on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, or as it is better known World Heritage Day, the Belgian Embassy in Athens and the Marianna V.
Prominent persons from all over the world attended the 12th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, which took place in Paris, on 16 October 2012, at the UNESCO’
The internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil, described as the greatest show on earth, came to Greece for the first time in September 2012, and dedicated one of its performances to the Association of Friends of Children with cancer ELPIDA,
The Association of Friends of Children with cancer ELPIDA stands with care and dedication at the side of sick children and their families and announced the next important project that will be implemented inside the Children’s Oncology Hospital.
In May 2012, through an initiative of the Founder of Nasioutzik Museum, Mr. George Nasioutzik, a group exhibition of 32 distinguished visual artists was organized at Nasioutzik Museum, in support of the work carried out by the Association of Friends of Children with cancer ELPIDA.
On the occasion of International Women’s day, on 8 March 2012, the ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer and the AKMI Vocational Training Institute (IEK) jointly honored all Greek women symbolically in the person of one Greek mother.
Two days before Christmas 2011, at the Cultural Centre of Nikaia, his Eminence Alexios Metropolitan of Nikaia, organized a special event in order to provide food to approximately 2000 needy people in the area.
The 29th Athens Classic Marathon, that took place on 14 November 2011, under the auspices of the President of the Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias, and UNESCO, apart from its historical,
In the frame of the 36th General Assembly of UNESCO, that took place from the 27th of October until the 10th of November 2011 at the UNESCO’s Headquarters, UNESCO organised the Heads of States Forum,
The 2011 Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors took place on September 12 2011, at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. Focus was turned to the countries afflicted by war and natural disasters,
On 27 July 2011, the Mayor of Rethymno, Mr Giorgis Marinakis, along with many people welcomed Mr Vardis J. Vardinoyannis and his wife, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, who visited the historical city on the occasion of the presentation of theGreek publication of Mrs Vardinoyiannis’
In the frame of the “Trident Senses-Sakis Rouvas” charity initiative, to support “ELPIDA” Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, the Kraft Foods Hellas Company asked the Focus Bari S.A.
In April 2011, the Association of Friends of Children with cancer ELPIDA launched a new campaign aiming at the smooth operation of the Childrens Oncology Unit ”MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS –
The need to conserve and protect cultural heritage, which is threatened by natural disasters and the impact of climate change, as well as the need to protect the environment and educate the next generation were the topic of the event organized on World Meteorological Day,
The “Life & Style” magazine of Liberis Publications presented the annual “Women of the Year” awards, on Tuesday 10th of March 2011.
Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis was among the distinguished women,
The “Pancretan Association of Athens*” honoured the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the “ELPIDA” Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, in a special event that took place at the Grande Bretagne Hotel on Wednesday,
On 8 March 2011 to mark International Womens Day the AKMI Institute of Vocational Training (IEK AKMI) honoured the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Chairman of the ELPIDA Foundation,Mrs. Marianna V.
On 2 March 2011, the European Council for Youth Mobility in Research and Technology honoured 12 renowned Greeks for their significant contribution to the fields of social welfare, science, culture and sports,
UNESCO celebrated its 65th Anniversary with a cultural event which: the presentation of the new book of Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, entitled “Labouring with the Challenges of Female Identity: Insights into the Minoan Society”,
On December 10, 11 and 12, 2010, personalities from all over the world, politicians, activists, experts, representatives of both governmental and non-governmental organisations, businessmen, artists, etc., assembled in Luxor, Egypt in order to participate in the Global Forum against human trafficking and set the strategies,
In the course of a modest ceremony held on 14 October 2010, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Karolos Papoulias, inaugurated the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis – ELPIDA Children’s Oncology Unit”,
The residents of Makistos welcomed the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis yesterday, with a warm embrace, tears in their eyes, flowers and national benefactor honours, when she arrived there for the ceremony of the delivery of the village to its residents.
Nine months after its inauguration, the “1GOAL: Education for All” campaign was completed on September 15th, 2010. The campaign was realised in Greece under the initiative of ActionAid Greeceand the auspices of UNESCO.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors took place in June 2010, at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. It was the first official meeting of the Ambassadors with the new Director-General of UNESCO,
On June 4th, 2010, at the Athens College Theatre, in Psychico, an event was realised aiming at the promotion of the 1GOAL: Education for All campaign. The people present at the event sent a sound symbolic message to the world leaders:
The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, took the initiative to start a campaign aiming at the sensitisation of the international common opinion in favour of Greece; the re-establishment of the name of our country in countries abroad and the reinforcement of its place internationally.
The international campaign ”1GOAL: Education for All” began in Greece in January 2010 and was coordinated by ActionAid Greece, under the auspices of UNESCO and the precious support of the Greek Football Federation (EPO) and Super League.
The great vision of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, the development of the Aswan Heart Centre into an outstanding medical institute, aiming at maintaining the health of the Egyptian population,
The Founding Board of the Global Humanitarian Forum.
In October 2007, personalities from all over the world under the leadership of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations,
The new Acropolis Museum is a fact! It sits near the base of the Acropolis with a direct view of the Parthenon and is one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe in this decade.
The impacts of climate change as a challenge for the future generations with particular emphasis on the most sensitive and vulnerable population groups of the Mediterranean countries, especially sick children,
The Conference was organised by “The Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement” (SMWIPM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and under the auspices of H.H.
The establishment and operation of the Centre for Hellenistic Studies in the Library of Alexandria constitutes a vision which came true thanks to the initiative of the President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”,
In a modest and very touching ceremony held at the Patriarchate of Alexandria in November 2008, His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros II conferred the Office of Great Lady of the Patriarchal Throne on Mrs.
The Forum held in Vienna in February 2008 with the participation of representatives of governmental and non governmental organisations, civil society, business community, activists, and experts of every associated field.
The fires of summer 2007 that threatened Ancient Olympia sound the alarm underlying the need for a more effective protection of the world heritage monuments from natural disasters. The mobilisation of the State,
The Founding Board of the Global Humanitarian Forum.
Following the invitation of the Founder and Chairman of the Global Humanitarian Forum, H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, 360 leading personalities from all over the world,
On the occasion of Mothers Day and the hosting of the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” organised an event to honour 4 mothers of Special Olympics athletes in May 2008.
The President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, was invited as a keynote speaker to the 4th Global Youth Employment Summit on the fight against poverty and unemployment.
In September 1st to 3rd 2007, about 800 young people from 100 countries, including Greece, participated in the International Youth Forum for Peace organised in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt,
The fires that tore through Greece, at the end of the summer 2007, cost in human lives and burned thousands of acres of land and hundreds of houses. It destroyed one of the most beautiful sites of Greece,
The Charter of Paris against cancer was signed in February 2000 aiming at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients,
The second Roundtable Session entitled: “Building a Protective Environment for Civilians during Armed Conflicts” was an important step towards the protection of civilians during armed conflicts. The workshop was held in January 2007,
Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis along with various prominent personalities, who fight for Peace, participated in a workshop of experts with the topic: “Civilians’ security during armed conflicts” which was held in Paris,
Prominent personalities from all over the world, invited by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, founder and President of the Mentor Foundation, declared their vigorous decision to impede the spread of drugs and their will to protect the children and the young people from the threat of drugs,
From 15 to 16 March 2006, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris was the venue for an impressive gathering of the Organization’s Goodwill Ambassadors. The 2006 Annual Meeting convened by the Director-General,
The Suzanne Mubarak Womens International Peace Movement launched the first Institute of Peace Studies in the Arab region in February 2006 dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of peace.
Hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina,
Prominent personalities were present in the World Economic Forum held in Davos, on the 25th till the 29th of January 2006, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations,
The “Foundation for the Child and the Family” and its President Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis organised a fundraising dinner to support the global Β campaign “End Human Trafficking Now” at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel on January 23rd,
Following an invitation by the First lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak, founder and President of the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement, personalities from all over the world were assembled in May 2005 in Cairo for a great and sacred aim:
Education for All, Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO’s response to natural disasters were the three themes on the agenda for the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors, which took place on March 3 and 4,
The International Seminar ”Women in the Service of Peace” organized at UNESCO Headquarters on June 2004, on the initiative of H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak and Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, aimed to “highlight the important role that women play in support of peace and the need for them to be recognized as full partners in the processes of decision-making and political negotiations”
The opening of the Jordan River Foundation exhibition entitled Traditional and Contemporary Handicrafts from Jordan was held at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens; a unique and representative sample of the art of weaving and handicrafts :
In a Press Conference that took place in October 2003 in the hotel N.J.V. Athens Plaza, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mentor International Foundation,
The exhibition entitled: The Unity of a Unique Monument: the Parthenon was held with the initiative of Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, on April 2003, in Paris. It was an event of great cultural and national importance since it was the first time that such an important international organization,
The Foundation for the Child and the Family in cooperation with the ”Fondation pour l’ enfance” (France) organized the Second European Meeting of Legal Practitioners in relation to Juvenile Justice in Athens,
To honour the Woman’s Day 2003, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, undertook the initiative to present the exhibition “Breaking the Veils”, which is made up of women painters’ works from the Islamic world at UNESCO’s headquarters,
World heritage, both cultural and natural, is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Irrespective of where and when the magnificent cultural monuments have been created and the beauties of nature are located,
On the occasion of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace, the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” organised an International Conference on “Contemporary Societies – Multicultural Co-existence:
A book, a theatre performance and an exhibition of pictures were the three aspects of the event «Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders who change our world», which was organised in Athens on June 2002 by the Foundation for the Child and the Family,
The annual Meeting of the Goodwill Ambassadors with the Director-General Mr. Koichiro Matsuura was held on February 11th and 12th 2002 at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.
During the Meeting,
The Foundation for the Child and the Family, within the framework of the International Decade [2001-2010] for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, organised the international conference entitled: The child:
On the occasion of the anniversary of the International Convention on Childrens Rights [November 20th] and the World Day of Children [December 11th], the Foundation for the Child and the Family honored children,
The 1st International Conference for a Culture for Peace, was organized at the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain, by the Foundation for a Culture for Peace and its Founder,
The Director-General, Mr. Koichiro Matsuura and 18 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors met on July 27th 2000 at Organization Headquarters in Paris to discuss the Ambassadors? potential contribution and the Organization?s future priorities.
An international conference was held in Athens and in Delphi, in June 2000, within the framework of the UNESCO program for Peace culture and on the occasion of the proclamation of 2000,
On the occasion of the Mothers Day, the Foundation bestowed prizes on six mothers who, each in her own way, are battling for life, giving hope and struggling for peace.
In the holy city of Bethlehem, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis laid the first stone for the construction of the Early Childhood Resource and Training Center in a ceremony held on April 2000,
In February 2000, among 600 children illuminating the area with their smiles, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of the Foundation for the Child and the Family, inaugurated the model Area of Creative Activities in the Municipality of Ano Liosia which was severely affected by the earthquake of September 1999- and gave toys to the children.
In the framework of UNESCOs programme concerning paedophilia on the Internet, the Foundation for the Child and the Family organised the European Conference entitled The sexual abuse of children, and paedophilia on the Internet.
With the initiative of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” and the “ELPIDA” Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, food, hygiene supplies, medicine, clothing, tents, blankets were collected and offered for the needs of the families,
The President of the Foundation for the Child and the Family, following an invitation from the Mayor of Korydallos, visited the women’s jail, where babies and small children are obliged to live together with their mothers.
The proceedings of the conference entitled: «L ‘Enfant et la Famille dans la societe du XXIe siecle en Europe», organized by the University of Europe and the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”
The University of Europe and the Foundation for the Child and the Family organised a conference with the topic: ”The Child and the Family in the 21ST century, in Europe in Sorbonne,
From the 11th to the 15th of May, 10000 people from 100 countries, representatives of 600 non governmental organisations, simple citizens, young people and children, even ministers of foreign affairs,
On the 25th of April 1999, the ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with Cancer and the Foundation for the Child and the Family, considering their duty to stand by the side of the war victims in the Balkans,
The President of the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, participated in the International Conference with the topic “Juvenile disappearance and abduction.”, which took place with the initiative of the “Fondation pour l’Enfance”
The presentation of the Proceedings of the European Forum Family-Europe-21st century: Vision and Institutions which was organized by the Foundation for the Child and the Family, in Athens in May 1998,
More than three and a half thousands of people attended the works of the three-day European Forum Family-Europe-21st Century: Vision and Institutions organised by the Foundation for the Child and the Family,
Participating in the celebration of December 11: International Day for Children, the “Foundation for the Child and the Family”, organised an event with the topic The International Convention for the Rights of the Child and the Role of the European Union.
Participating in the World AIDS Day, which, in December 1997, was devoted to the children with the tragic fate to be born with AIDS, the Foundation for the Child and the Family turned its attention to the Greek children victims of the scourge of our century,
The Foundation for the Child and the Family, in collaboration with the European Office for Missing and Exploited Children a non governmental organisation for the research, the sensitization and the prevention concerning the abuse,