On the occasion of his visit to Athens on June 17th 2016, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki- moon and his wife Mrs. Ban Soon-taek had a private meeting with Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO.
The Annual Meeting of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors took place at UNESCO Headquarters on 10 May 2016.
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: Promoting Inclusion and Protecting Rights” with a roundtable at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 9 May 2016.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, received the grade of the Officer of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic. The ceremony was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the Medal of the Officer was awarded to Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis by the former President of France, Mr Valery Giscard d 'Estaing.