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.


On the occasion of the high profile conference on energy issues being held today in Naples, Italy, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, expressed its congratulations to Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, on his appointment to Foreign Affairs Minister in the new Italian Government.

Sen. Francesco Maria Amoruso, PAM Vice President, and Dr. Sergio Piazzi, PAM Secretary General, took the opportunity to recall that just a few weeks ago, during the VI Plenary Session of PAM held in Palermo, Italy, Hon. Terzi di Sant’Agata, in his capacity as Ambassador of Italy, was awarded the PAM Prize 2011 – together with prof. Michele Capasso,  president of Fondazione Mediterraneo - in appreciation of his personal support to the PAM High level delegation during the visit to the US Senate, Congress and Administration in September of this year. He had also been instrumental in facilitating the visit of another PAM mission in New York last year.

“We are convinced that Minister Terzi di Sant’Agata will dedicate the necessary attention to the most urgent issues concerning the Mediterranean and its current political, economic, social and cultural developments, in order to provide those strategic actions aimed at guaranteeing greater stability and a sustainable path of general growth in the region.” Sen. Amoruso said.

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Following the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, “Regio Prima Latium et Campania”, for the development of the Maritime Economy, which took place in Naples at the Navigare Boat Show on 28th October this year, the Caserta, Latina, Naples, Rome and Salerno Chambers of Commerce met in Rome to present the contents of their agreement, and to share their thoughts on the next operative steps to be taken to move forward together. Accordingly, a Round Table was organized at the Hall of the Council of the Rome Chamber of Commerce on 16th November, entitled: “the Maritime Economy: Lazio and Campania Regions leading the Mediterranean. Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, participating at this event, reminded the participants that this initiative had been suggested by the Fondazione and President of the Latina Chamber of Commerce (CCIIA), Mr Zottola, four years earlier. Other supporters included the Viterbo Chamber of Commerce, which officialised its formal adhesion to the agreement. The Councillor for Employment and Training for the Lazio Region, Ms. Mariella Zezza, inaugurated the day’s work, stating: “We are committed to sustaining vocational training in maritime industries that will lead to specialised professional profiles and generate new employment. On Saturday morning I will be in Gaeta to inaugurate the first courses of its kind to be held at an Italian Technical College, the G. Caboto Nautical Institute. The courses will train new shipboard officers, deck officers and port directors”. The Councillor concluded that, “from today we will consolidate our collaboration into an inter-regional agreement to create an surge of employment.” Vincenzo Zottola, Latina Chamber of Commerce, declared that “the Round Table was an opportunity to launch a joint collaboration programme to give immediate effect to the memorandum of understanding. Two working groups will be formed, a political/strategic one formed by presidents of the Chambers of Commerce, and the other technical/scientific composed of national level experts coordinated by their respective secretaries general. Mr. Zottola concluded that “we need to remember that together the two regions represent one fifth of the services produced by the entire Country. With 830 kilometres of coast representing 11% of the Italian coastline and one of the most interesting insular systems of the world, and certainly in the Mediterranean, in relation to which both regions can boast impressive statistics. Among them, mention need only be made the 16.5% of shipbuilders’ yards, 6.5% of fishing, 18.7% of maritime transport and approximately 14 million passengers, 10% of commercial ports capable of moving 44 million tonnes of goods and 2.2 million passengers from the cruise liners market”.

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, spoke at the Rome Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the presentation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce of Latina, Rome, Caserta, Naples and Salerno attended by their Presidents Zottola, Cremonesi, De Simone, Maddaloni, Arzano and Palombelli, respectively.
President  Zottola, proponent of the memorandum, highlighted how the “joint  project, inspired by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Latina Chamber of Commerce, to unite the Lazio and Campania regions through an important project for the maritime economy, had been implemented”.

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The Meeting of the Regional Coordinators of the Italian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place in Rome.
Its aim was to relaunch the Italian Network as a result of the conclusions of the guidelines issued by the 10th Meeting of the Heads of National Networks, which took place in Krakow from 20-23rd October 2011.
The participants unanimously adopted a new system of Governance for the Italian Network, introducing a Steering Committee that comprises seven members with decision-making powers, to work alongside the National Head.
It was also decided to transform the Regional Committees into “Regional Antennas”


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The 2011 edition of MeYouMe took place in Cosenza bringing together 200 youths from 18 different Countries. On this occasion, the MANY Network was launched – “Mediterranean Autonomous Network for Youth”.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo has supported this initiative through its programme of activities at the Mediterranean  youth centre.
It was a good example of synergy between the Italian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation and its “Youth Network Minister of Labour”, who contributed to the success of the initiative.
President Capasso participated in the work reiterating the values and activities carried out by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Italian Network (Rete Italiana). The Ministry of Labour promoted this initiative through an advertising campaign on major TV channels.

MeYouMe is all about meeting – an adventure on a return voyage – between  an I and a YOU, between ME and YOU! 
It is where the green of the earth meets the blue of the sea.
The sea is the Mediterranean: a crossroads for people, travel, economic exchange and cultural interaction. The earth is made of peoples, faces and the stories narrating the history of this sea, a sea they traverse and inhabit.

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