In 1996, the Fondazione Mediterraneo instituted the Mediterranean Awards (with various categories) that are granted every year to eminent personalities from the worlds of arts and culture, politics and science and social disciplines, whose actions have contributed to reducing tensions, breaking down cultural barriers and developing shared values in the Greater Mediterranean.
This Award is considered one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the world.
Various events are associated with the Mediterranean Award, such as the “Euro-Mediterranean Concert for Dialogue Among Cultures” and the “Epiphany Concert” (organized by the Cultural Centre “Oltre il Chiostro” in collaboration with the Fondazione Mediterraneo. The latter event is broadcast by RaiUno and Rai International throughout the world every year on the morning of January 6th).
THE PRESIDENT OF PALESTINE MAHMŪD ABBĀS (ABŪ MĀZEN) RECEIVES THE “2013 SPECIAL EDITION O F THE MEDITERRANEAN AWARD”
28 April 2013
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, together with Caterina Arcidiacono, Vice President and other members of the institution welcomed the President of the State of Palestine Mahmūd Abbās (Abū Māzen) to their headquarters in Naples where he received the “2013 Special Edition of the Mediterranean Award” ''for his action – as is stated in the reason - “as the architect of dialogue in the fraught peace process between Israel and Palestine”.
President Abū Māzen made a gift of a handcrafted work of art depicting Bethlehem representing the “Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus” and inaugurated the “Palestinian Room” at the Maison de la Méditerranée, and participated at a solemn flag-raising ceremony before the “Totem for Peace” by Mario Molinari: “This universal symbol of peace” he stated, “will soon be erected in Ramallah and I would like to welcome you all to our country for that occasion to celebrate this work of art for Peace”.