Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)


The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.


The Fondazione Mediterraneo signed the "Manifesto of Assisi" among the first and participated in the meeting in Assisi in the Papal Hall of the Sacred Convent.
Among the interventions those of the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, of the Minister of University and Research, Gaetano Manfredi and of the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Among the promoters of the Manifesto are the president of the Symbola Foundation, Ermete Realacci, the Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, father Mauro Gambetti, the director of San Francesco magazine, father Enzo Fortunato, the president of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini, that of Confindustria , Vincenzo Boccia, the CEO of Enel, Francesco Starace, and of Novamont, Catia Bastioli as well as the president of the Mediterranean Foundation, Michele Capasso.
"This manifesto, which then outlines a before and after for environmental policies in Italy, could not fail to start from Umbria because it is the result of the green awareness that both Assisi and this region have" said the director of the press room of the Sacro Convento, father Enzo Fortunato.
Umbria, for President Donatella Tesei, "represents a region where, by tackling these concepts, we can move from words to deeds".
January 24 in Assisi is for Realacci an appointment on the environment "stronger than that of the Davos World Economic Forum" because, he explained, "the Assisi Manifesto is a new and very Italian alliance that weaves a network between the economy, culture and research with the contribution of the best technological, institutional, political, social, cultural energies of the country ".
President Michele Capasso, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo which coincides with today's day, underlined the importance of moving from a "system of measures" to a "system of values" in which "it is absolutely essential to build an economy and a more human-sized society capable of courageously facing the climate crisis, thanks to a new alliance between institutions, the economic world, politics, society and culture"

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - which has had its headquarters in the city of Marrakech since 2002 - supports the ocher city designated African Capital of Culture 2020: a showcase for today's urban Africa, to promote the diversity of African cultural expressions.
In 2020, Marrakech, this millennial city twice listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, first through its medina since 1985, but also Jamaa Lafna Square as an intangible heritage in 2001, will bring the colors of African culture.
World famous tourist destination, Marrakech has an important tourist-cultural value capable of hosting international events of absolute importance.
The human capital of the city and the habit of multiculturalism allow Marrakech to launch a pilot edition of African capitals of culture, through the creation of the organizing committee of Marrakech 2020.
The African capitals of culture, which will be launched for the first time, is considered an important event, anchored and piloted in Africa and spread internationally. It is an initiative that coordinates and enhances the skills, know-how and abilities in the continent and in the diaspora that make up Africa today and shape the world of tomorrow.
The Museum of Peace  - MAMT will host the most significant moments throughout the year 2020

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President Michele Capasso and the members of the international committee of the Fondazione Mediterraneo express their condolences for the death of the Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said.
After recalling the friendship with the sultanate and the collaboration in numerous peace and cooperation initiatives, President Capasso has traced the profile of Sultan Qaboos who died at 79 years after a long illness and remained in office for half a century.
“The longest-lived Arab leader will be remembered as a skilled mediator in regional conflicts - underlined President Capasso - much loved at home even if he concentrated on himself all the powers of a pivotal country between the Arab world and the Indian subcontinent. We wish his successor, 65-year-old cousin Haytham ben Tareq, good luck. We appreciated - concludes President Capasso - how in his inauguration speech the new Sultan assured that he intends to govern in the sign of continuity, respecting the principle of non-interference in the affairs of neighboring countries".
President Capasso recalled the visit of Sultan Qaboos to Naples and that of various Omani ministers to the headquarters of the Foundation

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On the occasion of the celebration of the "53rd WORLD DAY OF PEACE", the Holy Father Francis sent a message on the theme "PEACE AS A WAY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION".
The President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella sent a message.
The president of the Foundazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso spoke on the same theme in his message for the new year

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President Michele Capasso received the "Premio Natale della Ricerca" for his thirty-year commitment to dialogue and peace.
In the short thank-you speech, Capasso highlighted that the prize received is “the us Award”, as it is intended for all those, representing various Euro-Mediterranean countries, who have contributed and allowed the Fondazione Mediterraneo to play a leading role in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership

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