Participation in important conferences & events

Mrs. Vardinoyannis co-operates with several NGOs around the world, such as: Fondation pour l`Enfance (France), AVEC (France), International Peace Bureau (Switzerland), Hague Appeal for Peace, Jordan River Foundation (Jordan), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (USA), Heydar Aliyev Foundation (Azerbaijan), Qatar Foundation (Qatar) and others. She participated in many international and European meetings, such as:

  1. The first ECPAT World Congress on Sexual Exploitation of Children, in Stockholm, which was held under the auspices of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden (August, 1996)
  2. The Summit of the “Fondation pour l’Enfance” in Paris, for the presentation of the work of the “European Office for Missing and Exploited Children”. She participated as a keynote speaker (November 1997)
  3. The International Conference on Missing Children organised by INTERPOL and the “Fondation pour l’Enfance”,

Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA”

Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis founded the Association of Friends of Children with cancer “ELPIDA” in 1990, aiming to help and support children suffering from cancer, as well as their families. Since then, she is the President of the Association.

She has succeeded to raise awareness in Mediterranean and Balkan societies on issues regarding childhood cancer, to mobilize volunteering and donations, to reverse prejudice against cancer and to achieve significant goals through wide fundraising campaigns including telethons, cultural events, exhibitions, artwork auctions and bazaars: the first Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Greece at the “Agia Sophia”

Statements regarding UNESCO

Concerning her mission as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in her article included in the book* entitled “60 women contributing to the 60 years of UNESCO”, Mrs. Vardinoyannis writes inter alia:

“Participating in UNESCO s activities is a source of profound satisfaction and an experience of special essence for me. The elements of UNESCO s objectives that strike me as especially admirable and of fundamental value are its breadth of vision, foresight, immediacy and innovative approach. Through the enormous volume of data the Organisation processes and filters, it brings to light matters that will either have grave repercussions for humanity in the future or identifies essential sectors requiring support and protection.

Ripple of Hope Awards 2014

On December 16, 2014, “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” (formerly “Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights”) honored Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett and Donato Tramuto on the occasion of the annual “Ripple of Hope Awards”, in New York.


International conference on education in Qatar

From 4 to 6 November 2014 “World Innovation Summit for Education” (W.I.S.E.)* held one of the largest international educational conferences, entitled: “Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education” in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for the 6th consecutive year.


Support schools project 2014

The “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” considering that education of children is the most important condition, after health, for the creation of a better society, has developed the “Support Schools Project” sending books and equipment to schools in many parts of Greece.


Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ speech on Nelson Mantela

I feel very honored to be here with you today at such a symbolic moment in the history of UNESCO. At the same time, I feel deeply touched by the kind invitation of the Director General to speak about one of the most important leading figures in world history.

“I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances”. This is the self-definition of Nelson Mandela in his own words reflecting his modesty and greatness. For us, however, for the family of the Goodwill Ambassadors, who had the honor and pleasure to serve UNESCO next to him,

Meeting for Parthenon Sculptures

During their trip to Greece, the three prominent representatives of the famous law firm of London “Doughty Street Chambers” Mrs. Amal Alamuddin Clooney, Mr. Norman Palmer and Mr. Geoffrey Robertson, as well as the President of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures Mr. David Hill, met with the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis.