Lambros Kanellopoulos, the president of Unicef’s national committee in Greece passed away on Wednesday, September 9. Kanellopoulos had also served as the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) president, a member of Parliament with PASOK and Deputy Minister of Labor in 1996.
He was born in 1948 in Zacharo, Peloponnese and took part in the anti-dictatorial struggle between 1967 and 1974. He joined PASOK since its founding and had been a member of the Central Committee since 1984. He also served as Secretary of PASOK’s Trade Union from early 1994.
He was also president of Athens Labor Center from November 1983 to 1986, a member of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation from 1990 to 1993 and member of the Bureau of the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee from 1990 to 1992. He served as president of the Greek National Committee for UNICEF since 2001.
News of his death came from Greek journalist and Kanellopoulos’ friend Ilias Georgakis. With a storied career one of Kanellopoulous’ most courageous efforts was to immunize children in countries where there is the greatest need. He is survived by close family and friends.