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On August 1 last, Eijin Nimura was invited as UNESCO Artist for Peace to the official memorial ceremony for the victims of terrorism during the 1972 Munich Olympics, and dedicated a 15-minute condolence performance for the 11 Israeli athletes and their families. This official memorial ceremony, hosted by the Embassy of Israel in Japan and the Olympic Committee of Israel, was attended by the bereaved families of the victims, Tokyo Governor Ms. Koike, IOC President Dr. Bach, President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Ms. Hashimoto, and Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kokuba etc. The ceremony was not only a memorial to the victims, but also appealed for "solidarity of the world against terrorism”. 

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the city's intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the 200th anniversary of its synagogue, our Goodwill Ambassador, Hedva Ser, visited the Haguenau Town Hall in Alsace on September 5, 2021.

She inaugurated the Tree of Peace in the presence of the Mayor of Haguenau, Claude Sturni, the Chief Rabbi of the Bas-Rhin, Harold Avraham Weill and Maurice Dahan, President of the Consistoire Israélite of the Bas-Rhin.

With an emblematic event, tribute to the work and legacy of Nelson Mandela, which took place at the Zappeion Megaron, in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the "Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation" honored the International Nelson Mandela Day (July 18).

At the initiative of the UN-awarded with the “Nelson Mandela Prize 2020-2025”, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, and in the presence of the CEO of the "Nelson Mandela Foundation" Mr. Sello Hatang, heads of International Organizations and important international personalities participated in the Tribute Event  entitled "Human Rights and Education: The vision for a better future", paying tribute to the fighter - a symbol of human rights. Video here

Together with the #GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the YOU Foundation (Ute-Henriette Ohoven) launched a new project in Senegal

With this project, which is aligned with the measures of the Senegalese government's strategic PRCC (Plan de Riposte contre le Coronavirus), YOU Foundation intends to fill critical gaps in COVID-19 pandemic awareness, strengthen prevention activities, preparedness and response to COVID-19 consequences. The YOU Foundation carries out educational measures, video messages, prevention work or direct support of affected people by making available also mobile health teams. Different individual measures are taken in rural areas e.g. distribution of seeds and plants, to support self-sufficiency. Fast and unbureaucratic actions in the interest of those affected are required urgently.
In the photo, Ute-Henriette Ohoven appears wearing the first T-shirt for the Senegal Team. 

Hedva Ser's Tree of Peace continues its journey

On July 1rst, 2021, the Tree of Peace was inaugurated by Mayor, Francis Szpiner and took root in the 16th arrondissement city hall in Paris. 

Since 2007, our UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Hedva Ser travels the world and roots her Tree of Peace in different countries to raise our consciousness for the preservation of a world of dialogue and peace.

Photo credit: Alain Azria

Interview with Nadia Nadim on RTL, May 31, 2021.

Designated UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education in 2019, she spoke about her role with the Organization:

"For me, education is important. If you want to change something in the world, it is with education. That's the reason (for her involvement with UNESCO). They are doing a fantastic job. There are many children who can't study or go to school. I hope this will change because if you want to change something, it will be with school."

Bibi Russell and the colorful trip across the world of unique creations by her artisans. 

Jazz Day 2021: A Decade of Inspiration. A Conversation with Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. 

International Jazz Day 2021 - UNESCO Artist for Peace, Naseer Shamma performs Bab Touma at Marciac Jazz Festival

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