‘UNESCO: Open Science – Artificial Intelligence. New Horizons, Visions and Boundaries’

Athens, 15 February 2022

The two major issues of TOMORROW: 


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.

The THI Annual Gala 2020

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,


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,


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 offered affection and warmth to children of underprivileged families and the homeless of the Municipality of Nikaia – Agios Ioannis Rentis.  On Tuesday,


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,


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.


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 “

International Women’s Day 2018

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,

Students’ painting contest 2017

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.

Hellenistic Alexandria: Celebrating 24 centuries

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,

UNESCO pays tribute to Irina Bokova

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 “Hellenic Initiative” honours Marianna Vardinoyannis

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.

“Medal of Honour and Distinction” awarded to Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

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.

Conference: The Human Face of the Migration Issue

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),

The Hellenic Red Cross honours Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

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,

5th Global Baku Forum

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:

Marianna V. Vardinoyannis visits “DIMITREIO” Centre

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.

Meeting in Athens of the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Hellenistic Center

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,

Student Painting Contest 2016

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,

The President’s Action

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,

Bibliotheca Alexandrina a wonder of the modern world

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,

The 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

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”,

Athens Meeting “Welcoming Cities for Refugees”

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:

Welcoming cities for refugees

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.

“We Care” programme

“We Care” is a programme for the children of refugees that offers medical care, vaccinations, as well as material and psychological support.

It was launched in October of 2015,

“Support vulnerable social groups” Programme

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”

“Support Schools” programme

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;

Student’s Painting Contest 2015

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,

Prizes of the Paris Charter against Cancer 2016

Ahead of World Day against Cancer (February 4) the A.V.E.C. Foundation (Association pour la Vie-Espoir contre le Cancer) organized its annual event at the palace of Versailles in Paris: the 16th ceremony of “Prizes of the Paris Charter against Cancer “.

WE CARE : Refugee Child Medical Assistance Program

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.

First European Games – Baku 2015

A new chapter in the history of Sports begun on 12 June 2015 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, with the spectacular opening ceremony of the First European Games. It is considered a milestone for international sporting events,

Marianna G. Exclusive Swimwear 2015



Στις 3 Ιουνίου του 2015 στο κατάστημα DETROIT έγινε η παρουσίαση των μαγιό και των ρούχων της συλλογής Marianna G.

UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary

UNESCO’s achievements and actions around the world to build peace and sustainable development were honored at a special event celebrating the Organization’s 70th anniversary, held at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters on 28 April.

Participation in important conferences & events

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),

Statements regarding UNESCO

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:

Ripple of Hope Awards 2014

On December 16, 2014, “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” (formerly “Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights”) honored Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett and Donato Tramuto on the occasion of the annual “Ripple of Hope Awards”,

International conference on education in Qatar

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”

Support schools project 2014

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”

Meeting for Parthenon Sculptures

During their trip to Greece, the three prominent representatives of the famous law firm of London “Doughty Street Chambers” Mrs. Amal Alamuddin Clooney, Mr. Norman Palmer and Mr. Geoffrey Robertson,

From one mother to another


A very tender book, written by Marianne B. Vardinoyannis includes some thoughts and observations she have made as the mother of five children, around the sensitive issue,

International meeting on Parthenon

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”,

2013 WISE Summit on “reinventing education for life” in Qatar

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””,

Medical Symposium on Childhood Cancer

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”,

Speak truth to power

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,

2013 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

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 UNESCO’s ideals and their determination to act to implement the international organization’’s programmes.

World Heritage Day, 2013

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.

Art in the service of humanism

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”.

A gift of love to the people of Nikaia

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.

UNESCO Heads of States Forum

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,

Save lives with 1 euro!

In April 2011, the Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA” launched a new campaign aiming at the smooth operation of the Children’s Oncology Unit “”MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS –

The Global Forum against human trafficking

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,

Makistos smiles again

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.

1GOAL Education for All

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:

International campaign supporting Greece

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.

1GOAL: Lets make education for all real

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.

Global Humanitarian Forum

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

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 first Global Forum against trafficking

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 appeal of Ancient Olympia

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,

Universal call for the climate change

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,

Mothers – Olympic champions of Love

On the occasion of Mother’s 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.

International Youth Forum for Peace

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,

Makistos will smile again

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

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,

Charity gala for the fight against drugs

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,

Institute for Peace Studies

The “Suzanne Mubarak Women’s 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,

Helping the children of Palestine

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:

International Conference “Women in the Service of Peace” in Paris

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 Mentor Awards

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 Unity of a Unique Monument: Parthenon

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 protection of world heritage

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,

Childrens: Symbols of hope, will, courage

On the occasion of the anniversary of the International Convention on Children’s Rights [November 20th] and the World Day of Children [December 11th], the “Foundation for the Child and the Family” honored children,

A model area for creative activities in the Municipality of Ano Liosia

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.

By the side of the earthquake victims

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,

Mothers and children behind bars

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 Hague Appeal for Peace

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,

Juvenile disappearance and abduction

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”

A basket for a life


On the 8th April 1998, at the Olympic Stadium, twelve thousand spectators gave a standing ovation to sportsmanship, civilization and humanity.


Panathinaikos and Red Star,

Embracing children suffering from AIDS

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,