Marianna V. Vardinoyannis was awarded the “Order of friendship of Azerbaijan”

On Thursday, 15 March 2018, within the framework of the visit she carried out to Azerbaijan on the occasion of her participation in the work of the VI Baku Forum, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis received two international distinctions of major importance.

In recognition of Mrs. Vardinoyannis’ contribution to the creation of friendly relations between Greece and Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev awarded her the “Order of friendship of Azerbaijan” which is the highest honour of the Republic of Azerbaijan and is awarded to heads of state and prominent personalities from around the world.

UNESCO pays tribute to Irina Bokova

On the 10th of November 2017, during a heart-warming and impressive ceremony organised at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, the entire family of the International Organisation, high-ranking officers, Goodwill Ambassadors, UNESCO Artists for Peace and many other prominent figures from all over the world came to pay tribute to Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, as she stepped down at the end of her term in office, after 8 consecutive years.

The event commenced with the projection of highlights from the swearing in of Ms. Bokova in 2009, as the  Director-General of UNESCO, the first woman to have reached this rank since the establishment of this Organisation,


The International Meeting entitled “ADDRESSING THE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES OF A EURO-MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP,” which was organised by the “Nizami Ganjavi International Center” (NGIC), in collaboration with the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation,” held on 22 November 2017 in the Amphitheatre of the Acropolis Museum.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis warmly welcomed the speakers, who came from various parts of the world to present their experiences, views, and visions at the International Meeting, noting, among other things: “It is an immense honour for our Foundation to host in Athens the Thirteenth High Level Meeting of the «Nizami Ganjavi International Center»,

Academy of Athens honours “ELPIDA” Association

The Academy of Athens presented its annual awards for 2017 during a celebratory event held 21 December 2017 at the Academy’s ceremonial hall.

The “ELPIDA”Association of Friends of Children with Cancer was awarded a Gold Medal, the Academy of Athens’ highest honour, for its “active and steadily growing charitable work”.

The founder and president of the Association, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, was there to receive the Academy’s Gold Medal, presented by Academy of Athens President, Loukas Papademos, before an audience of academics and guests at the grand event.

International Women’s Day 2018

A special event with an international air, attended by women ambassadors and ambassadors’ spouses from 36 countries of the world and another 200 successful and active women from Greece and abroad, was held by the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation on  8 March 2018,  to celebrate the International Women’s Day.

The event aimed to highlight the achievements of great women who made history, as well as the importance of the universal and complex role of every woman in modern society. The honoured guest at the event was Sissy Pavlopoulou, spouse of the President of the Hellenic Republic, who was presented with an award by the host,

Award presentation to Marianna V. Vardinoyannis on the 18th anniversary of the Charter of Paris Against Cancer

The 18th anniversary of the Charter of Paris Against Cancer was celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO on 5 February 2018 – one day after World Cancer Day – at Versailles, Paris, where the Charter Awards were also presented. The awards were given to individuals and organisations whose work supports research in the fight against cancer and which provide aid to strengthen hospital and social infrastructure to improve patients’ qualify of life.

The event was hosted by Professor David Khayat, founder and president of the International Institute of Oncology in Paris,

Students’ painting contest 2017

The awards ceremony for the winners of the students’ painting contest 2017, organised by the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation” and the Children’s Gallery of Greece, took place on 22 January 2018 at the NJV ATHENS PLAZA hotel.

The event was attended by 60 young artists – all primary school students – whose work stood out in the competition, along with their parents and many teachers, who came to Athens from various corners of our beautiful homeland, such as Thessaloniki, Crete, Euboea, Rhodes, Amfilochia, Kilkis, Larissa, Andravida, Leipsoi, Xanthi, Patras, Argos, Corinth, etc., as well as from different regions of Attica,

Conference: The Human Face of the Migration Issue

On 15 June 2017, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a conference was held on “The human face of migration: Historical perspectives, testimonies and policy considerations.”

The Conference was held by UNESCO at United Nations University (UNU), and the keynote opening speakers were the Rector of the University, David Malone, the UNU representative to UNESCO, Daniel Rondeau, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis. The conference was part of the broader framework for developing a global agreement on migration, which is provided for by the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants (UN General Assembly, September 2016).

Opening the Conference proceedings,

The “Hellenic Initiative” honours Marianna Vardinoyannis

During its 5th Annual Gala, which it held on Friday, 29 September 2017, in New York City The “Hellenic Initiative” honoured UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis for the breadth and duration of her social work and for her leading role in the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer “ELPIDA,” presenting her with the Hellenic American Leadership Award.

The event opened with the playing of the Greek and U.S. National Anthems, with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America then saying the customary blessing. Following the blessing, His Eminence – breaking, as he said,

“Medal of Honour and Distinction” awarded to Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

On 19 June 2017, in the conference hall of the Children’s Oncology Unit, the Palestinian Ambassador to Greece, Marwan Toubassi, on behalf of the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, awarded the “Medal of Honour and Distinction” to the president of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer “ELPIDA,” Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, in recognition of the great humanitarian work she carries out and her role in promoting the friendship between the two peoples.

In his brief remarks, Mr. Toubassi underscored that “today we are gathered here to honour a special woman who has dedicated her life to humanity,