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GREEK PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL- INTERVIEW POINTS OF MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS

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!

“We must never give up. Even in the deepest darkness, there is light. (There is) Hope”. This was the strong message of hope, conveyed by the international Greek woman with the great work in the fields of humanity, education, culture and human rights, Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, on the occasion of the completion of the Greek Presidency of the European Council.

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, participated in The THI Annual Gala 2020 which was held virtually.

 The Hellenic Initiative, one of the most important organizations of the Greek diaspora, held the Annual Gala 2020, aiming to support people in Greece living in extreme vulnerability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and managed to raise more than 1.6 million dollars.

ERT-1 NEWS BULLETIN- INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS

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. Adriana Paraskevopoulou, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Mrs. Vardinoyannis gave an interview on the occasion of the 2.500th Anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Naval Battle of Salamis. She spoke about the great humanitarian work that was carried out with the funds of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation dedicated to the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020”,

APPEAL FROM NOBELISTS AND LEADERS OF THE WORLD FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN

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, founded by Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, which was held on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

The aim of the Summit, which was attended by leaders, Nobel laureates, activists and leading international personalities, was to highlight in the most urgent way the rapidly emerging global crisis of children’s rights arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and to find appropriate solutions to confront it.

MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AWARDED THE GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF BENEFICENCE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC KATERINA SAKELLAROPOULOU

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:

Marianna Vardinoyannis had the opportunity in her life to make safer and more personal choices. However, she chose the path of giving, focusing initially on children, and then on the crucial matter of human rights. I would like, in particular, to underscore her work with the ELPIDA Foundation for children’s cancer, which has already been operating for 30 years.

TELECONFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF UNESCO MRS AUDREY AZOULAY AND MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS

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. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, took place on Monday 31 August 2020.

The teleconference was held on the occasion of the recent recognition of Mrs. Vardinoyannis with the Nelson Mandela Prize 2020 by the United Nations on which the Director-General of UNESCO congratulated her, stressing that UNESCO is “proud of her

STATEMENT FROM UNESCO FOR THE “2020 UNITED NATIONS NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA PRIZE” AWARDED TO MRS. MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS

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, and the other is ELPIDA Friends’ Association of Children with cancer.

Marianna V. Vardinoyannis shares this prize with Dr Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea who was rewarded for his commitment to end Female Genital Mutilations. This esteemed prize was established in 2015 to recognize the achievements of two persons one male and one female laureates from different geographic regions who dedicated their lives to the service of humanity,

The Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs honors Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis for her distinction with the “Nelson Mandela Prize 2020” of the United Nations

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. Vardinoyannis at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to congratulate her on this great honor, on Tuesday, July 21st 2020.

During his welcome speech he said: “Your award is a real recognition by the largest international organization in the world for your efforts to protect human rights, especially the rights of children,

THE “NELSON MANDELA PRIZE 2020” OF THE UNITED NATIONS AWARDED TO MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS

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. Vardinoyannis, by the United Nations General Assembly.

The award ceremony was held in the presence of H.E. the President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and H.E. the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the context of an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, held on the occasion of Nelson Mandela World Day,

MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS MEETING WITH H.E. THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC KATERINA SAKELLAROPOULOU

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, June 12 2020.

Mrs. Vardinoyannis thanked Mrs. Sakellaropoulou for the kind invitation to the Presidential Palace. It gave her the opportunity to inform the President in detail about her initiatives not only as President of the Honorary Committee of the Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” but also as President of the “ELPIDA – Association of Friends of Children with Cancer”