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 31st of May until the 1st of June 1999. The Conference took place under the aegis of the President of the French Republic, Mr Jacques Chirac, and was aiming at examining the modern parameters related to the possibilities for the development of children in the suburbs of the big cities of our continent.
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, Nobel Prize winners, professors, personalities of international prestige and heads of international organisations participated in the The Hague Appeal for Peace.
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, organised a Telethon in collaboration with Mega Channel TV for the collection of money, sanitary supplies and first aid material in order to send them to the settlements of refugees in the affected regions.
The supplies and the money collected due to the prompt response of the people were allocated as follows:
- As a first step:
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” and “Interpol”, in Lyon, France in the 30th and 31st of March 1999.
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, under the auspices of the President of Democracy, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the support of European Committee, took place at the Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall on the 14th of December 1998.
The precious material of knowledge, opinions and proposals deposited by scientists, researchers, representatives of governmental and non governmental European organizations as well as observers from all over the world, during the Forums work,
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, two great teams, competed in a basketball game full of exciting moments, whose proceeds were destined to help the children maimed by mines in Bosnia.
Young and old from all the corners of Athens sent an important message to the world : BAN MINES WORLDWIDE, AND HELP THEIR VICTIMS
The organisers of the event, Mr. Theophilos Rozenberg, president of Doctors of the World,
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.
Opening the event, the President of the Foundation Mrs Marianna Vardinoyannis said, inter alia: The fact that we still speak today about the need of respect for the rights of the child, which means that these rights are not evident to all or respected by all, demonstrates the extent of the problem and the need of our awakening and mobilization.
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, undertaking their care for the following year, appealing to governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well as to every citizen, to intensify the fight against AIDS and its prevention, as well as to an even broader fight aiming at the recognition of the rights of the child, with the right to life and health being the priority.