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" - 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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President Michele Capasso, the members of the Governing Board and the International Scientific Committee, the representatives of the autonomous Sections and branch offices, express deep sorrow for the death of Raffaele (Dudu) La Capria: with Gerardo Marotta, Claudio Magris, Umberto Eco and many others a founding member of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.
In 1989, from the very beginning of the Foundation's activities, a profound collaboration was born based on common ideals and respect for timeless values such as those underlying the "United States of the World."
A unique common heritage made up of initiatives and conferences: the great testimony of the vision of a man, who was able to return Naples to its role as a great capital in History and Life.
President Michele Capasso, who was moved, recalled his brotherly friend Dudu and the many encounters that characterized an unrepeatable path of life.

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