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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.

8th EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS OF THE SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER PROGRAMME

The 8th Educational Seminar for Teachers of the Speak Truth to Power Programme was successfully held at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel on Monday 29 October 2019. The event was organised by the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, with the participation of 100 teachers and students from public and private schools across Greece.

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Foundation, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, welcomed the teachers and students from the public and private schools across Greece who participated in the Seminar to present the actions they have implemented. 

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE 2020 SALAMIS – THERMOPYLAE ANNIVERSARY

A joint press conference was held for the 2020 SALAMIS-THERMOPYLAE ANNIVERSARY by the President of the Honorary Deanship, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, the Minister of Culture, Mrs Lina Mendoni, and the Minister of Interior, Mr Panagiotis Theodorikakos, on Monday, 16 December 2019 at the Acropolis Museum Amphitheatre.

During her speech, Mrs Vardinoyannis presented in detail the activities that the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation is planning, which, as she noted, will be financed exclusively with Foundation funds and implemented under the responsibility and planning of the Foundation

MEETING BETWEEN MARIANNA V. VARDINOYANNIS AND ITALIAN PRESIDENT SERGIO MATTARELLA

In the framework of the XIX High Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, held in Rome, His Excellency, Mr Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, welcomed the members of the Board of Directors of the organisation and hosted a reception in their honour at the Quirinal Palace on Thursday 28 November 2019.

During the event and his speech, he congratulated the President and the members of the Board of Directors for the important work of the organisation, which brings together leaders from different countries of the world for an intercultural dialogue on the subjects of peace,