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 professor Michele Capasso - Secretary General of the "United States of the World" and President of the "Fondazione Mediterraneo" - communicated the commitment of the "United States of the World" and of the Foundation in concretely helping the populations of Turkey and Syria victims of the strong earthquake that destroyed homes, lives, cities.
"In this difficult moment for the history of humanity - wars, pandemics, social injustices, destruction of creation, climate change - this tremendous earthquake must also be a warning to bring together all forces for actions of solidarity, cooperation and aid. Only together - concluded Capasso - will we be able to overcome the imposing challenges that are before us".

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The Secretary General Prof. Michele Capasso, the President of the Council of Ambassadors prof. Abdelhak Azzouzi, the members of the Governing Council, the members of the "United States of the World" and of the "Mediterranean Foundation", the heads of branch offices and autonomous sections express deep condolences for the untimely passing of Dr. Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Daij Al Khalifa, who died on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the age of 65.
In September 2020, he called for peace and coexistence among all religions, sects and peoples and received many Jews during their visits to the Kingdom of Bahrain, playing an important role towards peaceful coexistence. He was also among the personalities planning Pope Francis' historic first visit to Bahrain in November 2022.
Until his death, Al Khalifa was Deputy Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the ISA Cultural Center, a national institution affiliated to the Manama Royal Court. Since March 2018, he has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence.
“Some countries create centers of tolerance and peaceful coexistence to have peaceful coexistence in their countries,” Al Khalifa told The Media Line in 2020. “Bahrain is just the opposite. We have had a peaceful existence for many years - hundreds of years - and we would like to reflect this to the world through our center and through the United States of the World of which I am honored to be a part”.
Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari recall the visit to the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the United States of the World in May 2018, on the occasion of the Mediterranean Prize for Culture awarded to him and together with the title of "Ambassador of the United States of the World".

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The professor Michele Capasso - Secretary General of the "United States of the World" and president of the "Fondazione Mediterraneo" - addressed, as usual, a message for the new year 2023.
The hope is that in this year we can reach a truce and then peace in Ukraine and in other parts of the world through the enhancement of diversity.
“Only by tackling, solving and harmonizing diversity, conditions of misery, ignorance and injustice in the world - says prof. Capasso - it is possible to extinguish hotbeds of discord, riot, hatred; it must be understood that diversities, if harmonized, constitute a strength and a source of enrichment for all humanity, complementing each other instead of opposing each other. It is not a question of pursuing a system of universal harmony, as Fourier or Leibnitz wished, because we started from a pre-established universal harmony: the great inequalities existing between our brothers and sisters scattered throughout the world require our commitment to harmonize them. On this theme it is worth proposing an example: if in an orchestra everyone played on their own, a 'cacophony' would arise; if all the instruments were identical, it would be 'monotony'; the inequality of instruments and the harmonization of sounds is much better to arrive at a great ‘universal symphony’”.

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The award ceremony for the winners of the 14th edition of the Mare Nostrum International Journalism Awards, organised by Grimaldi Magazine Mare Nostrum and sponsored by the National Order of Journalists, was held at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples. The ceremony was presented by presenter Massimo Giletti and was attended by personalities from the world of institutions, information and shipping.
The international jury of the Prize, chaired by journalist Bruno Vespa and composed of important personalities from the world of culture and journalism - including the Secretary General of the United States of the World Prof. Michele Capasso - decreed the following winners:

  • Bartolomé Cánovas Sánchez with a paper entitled "El transporte marítimo una solución ante el cambio climático" published in IEEE (Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies) Report No. 12/2022;
  • Mohamed Hannachi with the article "Après le confinement, le grand air" published in "La Presse de Tunisie";
  • Massimo Minella with the article "Il Piano Marshall dei porti: 4.5 billion to transform them into logistics platforms" published in "La Repubblica Affari&Finanza";
  • Fabio Pozzo with the article "More sustainable ships, the Motorways of the Sea as "green corridors"" published in;
  • The students of the Master in Journalism at the University of Bari with various contributions published in their magazine and TV called 'Mediterraneo News';
  • Raquel Villaécija Ruiz with the article "El renacer comercial de las autopistas del mar" published in "El Mundo".

The 'Cavaliere del Lavoro Guido Grimaldi' special prize, established by the Grimaldi family in memory of the founder of the Grimaldi Group, was awarded to journalist Raoul de Forcade, editor of Il Sole 24 Ore.
Prof. Capasso awarded the prize to the students of the University of Bari's Masters in Journalism.

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