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


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, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, and UNESCO Good Will Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis.

Also present at the meeting were the members of the Center’s BoD, professor Christos Zerefos, Dr. Mohamed Award, Dr. Ashrah Farrag, Mr. Haris Tzalas, Center Director Dr.  Mohamed Kenawi, and the Center’s Educational Advisor,


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: Promoting inclusion and Protecting rights”.

The Meeting, which was organized jointly by UNESCO and the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation”, took place in the presence of H.E. the President of the Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The Meeting was opened with a speech from the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and then the floor was taken by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V.


Professor David Khayat’s Lecture in Cyprus

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: “National Strategy against cancer: The French experience.”

The lecture was made possible because of the initiative of the First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, Andri Anastasiades, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Cyprus and the Medical School of the University of Cyprus.

Formal guests of Professor David Khayat’s speech were the President of the “ELPIDA” Association of Friends of Children with Cancer,


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, all primary school students, along with their parents and numerous teachers, came to the event from different parts of our country, from Thessaloniki, Larissa, Trikala, Volos, Amaliada, Levadeia, as well as different regions of Athens such as Galatsi, Perama, Chalandri, and Holargos.

The President of the Foundation, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis,

Presentation of the Scrapbook “Delphic Reflections”

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 scrapbook was presented by the President of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Dean Helene Ahrweiler, and the President of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, the Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Ms. Katerina Koskina, the Scrapbook’s curator, art critic Efi Andreadi, and journalist Anna Grimani

Artists in attendance, whose works are housed in the Centre’s Collections,


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, contributing to issues of social, humanitarian, educational and cultural value, especially the promotion of peace, the protection of children’s rights, the protection of the world cultural, natural and intangible heritage, education for all and of the dialogue among civilizations. She empowers these actions with activities of her Foundation as well as with her mission as board member in prestigious charitable foundations.

2000 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

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.

The Ambassadors attending the meeting were: Jose Antonio Abreu, Patrick Baudry, Pierre Cardin, Claudia Cardinale, Marin Constantin, Cheick Modibo Diarra, Miguel Angel Estrella, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Princess Firyal, Jean-Michel Jarre, Omer Zulfu Livaneli, Kitin Munoz, Kim Phuc, Susana Rinaldi, Sheikh Ghassan I. Shaker, Zurab Tsereteli, Marianna V. Vardinoyannis and Julio Werthein.

Mr Matsuura declared to the Ambassadors: “You have accepted to use your talent and celebrity to disseminate the ideals of UNESCO.

2002 Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

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, Mr. Matsuura referred to the activities of the Organisation during 2001 and highlighted the major steps made in the field of communication and co-operation between the Ambassadors, as well as to the work of all sub-directorates of the Organisation. Mr. Matsuura referred also comprehensively to the priorities and new programmes that will start being implemented during 2002, such as:

A) The programme «Education for All» which aims at eradicating illiteracy by the year 2015.