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THE MUNICIPALITY OF PIRAEUS IS PARTICIPATING IN THE ‘THERMOPYLAE – SALAMIS 2020 ANNIVERSARY YEAR’

The Municipality of Piraeus is participating in the events of the ‘Thermopylae – Salamis 2020’ Anniversary Year, as announced by the Mayor Mr Giannis Moralis, in the framework of his meeting with the President of the Honorary Committee of the Anniversary Year, Ms Marianna Vardinoyannis, on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

The Municipality of Piraeus is planning to implement a series of events in the framework of the celebrations for the 2500 years since the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis.

These actions will be implemented in cooperation with the Executive Committee of the ‘Marianna V.

MRS MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS MEETS WITH ARCHBISHOP IERONYMOS

With His Eminence, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos met the President of the Honorary Committee of Anniversary Year “Thermopylae – Salamis 2020” Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

Mrs Vardinoyannis thanked the Archbishop for his support in the work of ELPIDA, and informed him about the initiatives to honour the 2500 year Anniversary from the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis, underlining that Salamis and Thermopylae were a milestone not only for our country, but for global history,

Presentation of “Numismatic Programme 2020” Bank of Greece

Speech by Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of Honorary Committee of Anniversary Year “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020”

Dear Mr Minister,

Dear Mr Governor of the Bank of Greece,

Dear members of the Honorary Committee of Anniversary Year “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020”

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour and pleasure to be here today with you. To be here with the originators and supports of such an important project, our country’s Numismatic Programme 2020,

INTERNATIONAL MESSAGE FOR THE PROTECTION OF MONUMENTS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE 20TH HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF THE NIZAMI GANJAVI INTERNATIONAL CENTER

A strong international message about the dangers of climate change and the need to protect the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean was sent by prominent figures from Greece and abroad, during the 20th High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, held in Athens from the 20th to the 23rd of January 2020, at the initiative of the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis” Foundation.

Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of the Foundation with her name, and founding member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, with the Center’s Co Chair,

MRS MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AT UNESCO’S “READING NIGHT”

An important event to promote reading and equal access to education was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, on Saturday, 18 January 2020, with the support of the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis” Foundation

The event was organised in the context of the “Reading Night”, a global annual event launched in 2017 and already being organised in 32 countries across the world.

It entails a number of activities organised by international organisations, schools, libraries and agencies across the world, aiming to promote reading and disseminate the messages of humanitarianism and solidarity which are conveyed through books.

MEETING BETWEEN MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AND THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UNESCO, AUDREY AZOULAY

Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis met with the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Audrey Azoulay, on Saturday, 18 January 2020, at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris.

Mrs Vardinoyannis and Mrs Azoulay, had a substantial and constructive discussion on national matters of cultural heritage, which are a key priority for Mrs Vardinoyannis in the framework of her duties as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Mrs Vardinoyannis informed the Director-General of UNESCO about important matters of our country, and Mrs Azoulay’s response was highly positive.

MEETING THE NIZAMI GANJAVI BOARD MEET THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC MR PROKOPIS PAVLOPOULOS

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos met withthe Board of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

“I would like to warmly thank you all for your presence at the Presidential Mansion of the Hellenic Republic, and I would like to congratulate you for the overall work of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. I would also like to note that during these difficult times the Nizami Ganjavi International Center is on a very difficult mission, which is multi-faceted and multi-layered. Moreover, I must commend you for the subject of the Seminar you organised here in Athens:

SPEECH BY MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AT THE ITALIAN SENATE

The proceedings of the XIX High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center were officially launched with a speech by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis before the Italian Senate, on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

The XIX High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center was titled: “Freedom from Violence: Peace, Security and Conflict Prevention in the 2030 Development Agenda” and attracted to Rome some of the leading figures of the planet who came to attend the proceedings.

Mrs Vardinoyannis spoke about the important role of education,

MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AT A CHARITABLE EVENT OF THE HOLY METROPOLIS OF NIKAIA

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis visited the Cultural Center of the Holy Metropolis of Nikaia on Friday 20 December 2019, during a Christmas food distribution event, to be there for our fellow citizens in need.

During a wonderful event that filled the hearts of the residents of Nikaia with hope and warmth, the Reverend Metropolitan of Nikaia Alexios welcomed Mrs Vardinoyannis, thanked her for her presence and continuous support, and gave her an icon of the Virgin Mary.  “Your presence here is an expression of love and hope and we thank you warmly. 

MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AT THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT OF THE ANO LIOSSIA NURSERY SCHOOL

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis attended the beautiful Christmas pageant put on by the children of the Agios Nikolaos Nursery School of Ano Liossia, on Friday, 20 December 2019.

Dressed as little angels, drummer boys, Santa Clauses and little stars, the young students welcomed Mrs Vardinoyannis by singing Christmas carols, creating a special atmosphere.

The Nursery School, which was a donation of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation in the wake of the 1999 earthquakes, was filled with love, warmth and hope.