The Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship
With the theme Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship Colloquy 2013 was organised by this Committee. We welcomed people campaigning for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles from all over the world.
The linking of diverse people underscored a new chapter in global citizenship with the Parthenon as the symbolic and the actual point of unity.
In his opening address to Colloquy 2013, our Chairman, Emanuel J Comino AM JP, reminded us of the foundational role played by Melina Mercouri former Minister of Culture and Sciences in Greece, in instigating the modern campaign for reunification.
The importance of Melina Mercouri
On July 29, 1982, Melina Mercouri, addressed the World Conference on Cultural Policies, organised by UNESCO, in Mexico. She told the world that the Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Greece. The following year she asked our committee to assist the newly formed British Committee, now known as The British Committee for Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM), in whatever way we could.
Since that time we have maintained a close association with the BCRPM.
Moreover, we acknowledge the important contribution Melina Mercouri has made