UNESCO has implemented international campaigns to
collect funds for important monuments. In 1976 the General Conference of
UNESCO, held in
The General Conference,
Considering the importance of the monuments of the Acropolis in
Considering the present dilapidated state of these monuments, due principally to atmospheric pollution and to earlier ineffective restoration work,
Aware of the need to embark upon a programme of conservation which will guarantee their preservation,
Authorizes the Director-General to undertake a world campaign for public and private aid for the safeguarding of the Acropolis and its monuments, under the auspices of Unesco and in collaboration with the Government of Greece.
Thus the International Safeguarding Campaign of the Acropolis of Athens was born. In 1987 the Acropolis was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
UNESCO struck a special commemorative medal to raise funds for the
campaign. Designer Serge Santucci depicted one of the six Caryatids, female figures supporting the ceiling of
the southern loggia of the
The commemorative medal struck by UNESCO in 1977.