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.


During his apostolic journey to Malta, Pope Francis met with migrants, right after yet another massacre in the Mediterranean Sea with over 90 people losing their lives.
President Capasso recalled the Pope's first visit to Lampedusa in 2013 and then to Lesbos, and stressed the importance of a European reception resolution, on the model of what is happening with Ukrainian refugees.

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Pope Francis visited the island of Malta, the centre of the Mediterranean and the heart of migration.
In his meeting with the President of the Republic, George Vella, he recalled the importance of welcoming people.
There was great participation in the Holy Mass. Earlier in the day, the Pope visited the Grotto of St Paul.
President Michele Capasso recalled the central role of Malta and the numerous events organised by the Foundation in over thirty years: "We are reassured by the presence of President George Vella, a dear friend who has shared with us the most significant stages of our action for peace and dialogue", concluded Capasso.

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A total non-repayable contribution of 1.231 billion lire, paid out in annual instalments until 2042. This is provided for in the Pact for Naples, an agreement between the State and the City to cover the deficit and boost investment, signed today at the Maschio Angioino by Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the Mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi. The disbursement of the quota, explains the City, will take place by 31 March each year. In the first five years (2022-2026), 486 million will be allocated, or 40% of the total contribution.
Long applause greeted the Prime Minister's arrival in the ancient Sala dei Baroni at the Maschio Angioino in Naples. The Prime Minister, accompanied by the President of the Campania Region, Vincenzo De Luca, the Neapolitan Mayor Gaetano Manfredi and the President of the City Council, Enza Amato, crossed the hall to take his place among the benches. All the city councillors were present, as well as civil and ecclesiastical authorities. The Prime Minister was also accompanied by the undersecretary to the Council Presidency Roberto Garofoli.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo with its institutional network is at the side of the City of Naples for this essential action to reaffirm the role of Naples as a capital city capable of Thinking European and Breathing Mediterranean.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo convened the International Executive Committee in Naples to deliberate on the humanitarian mission to Odessa, coordinated by Senator Giuseppe Lumia, President of the "Voluntary work and human rights" Commission.
The choice is in line with the mission of the Foundation, which was set up after the fall of the Berlin Wall precisely to give "action" to peace with initiatives of solidarity to the countries that are victims of war, such as the former Yugoslavia.
During the presentation conference - in connection with the city of Odessa and the diplomatic counsellor Attilio Malliani - the current initiatives in favour of the city and the whole Ukraine were illustrated.
President Michele Capasso, Senator Giuseppe Lumia and the director of the Museum of Peace Pia Molinari illustrated the executive programme in detail.
Senator Lumia detailed the recent mission to Odessa, emphasising, among other things, how the Ukrainian people are today experiencing unspeakable suffering and how the war is quickly destroying the life of an entire community.
Death, hunger, humiliation, violence, denial of the most basic rights are peeping out of the daily lives of all generations of all social conditions, of a reality located just a stone's throw away from the heart of Europe.
"It is one of those damned wars - Lumia says - that marks a watershed between a before and an after. Will we be able to understand the inestimable value of Peace from this dramatic experience as well? Will we be able to guide a rethinking and a redesign of relations between peoples and of the institutional context, which is called to global governance? Nothing can be taken for granted. Awareness and planning must be cultivated and shared through the most direct participation possible in the tragedies and hopes of refugees and of those who have chosen to remain, or are forced to remain, in Ukrainian cities, many of which have been devastated by bombing.
For years, the Fondazione Mediterraneo has been investigating the difficulties of advancing a governance of globalisation that is appropriate to the new challenges of our times.
A globalisation that lacks a "relational" governance, capable of making cultural, religious, economic and political diversities a resource for dialogue and integration in line with the memory marked by wars and the hopes for fraternity rising from the most disparate corners of humanity.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo has therefore promoted the project idea of a growth path starting from the United States of Europe, the United States of Africa, the United States of Latin America, the United States of South-East Asia and so on towards the goal of the United States of the World. It is an idea-project cultivated through a thousand experiences and meetings, even at the highest level, in the wonderful headquarters of the Foundation in Naples".
Attilio Malliani, Diplomatic Counsellor in Odessa, in his speech outlined the seriousness of the situation and thanked the Foundation for its contribution and recognition of the city and the entire country.

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