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 - the protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership born with the Barcelona Process on 28 November 1995 - celebrated the second Day of the Mediterranean in various countries - in Italy in Naples, Rome, Turin and Palermo.
Mediterranean Day is celebrated on 28 November with the aim of promoting a common Mediterranean identity, fostering intercultural exchanges and embracing the region's diversity. It was also established to give greater visibility to the daily efforts of organisations and citizens to strengthen cooperation and integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Mediterranean Day takes place on the anniversary of the Barcelona Process held in 1995, which marked the beginning of a shared commitment by Euro-Mediterranean countries to transform the region into a common space of peace, stability, socio-economic progress and dialogue between peoples, also leading to the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in 2008. Mediterranean Day is celebrated in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, including the Member States of the European Union.

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For the first time in history, COP27 (6-18 November 2022) hosted a Mediterranean Pavilion, seeking to highlight both the pressing challenges and their respective innovative solutions, for one of the most threatened regions in the world in terms of climate change.
EuroMeSCo attended this debate, organised by the IEMed, to offer different perspectives on climate change and to promote green growth and the energy transition in the Mediterranean.
The session was presented by Senén Florensa, Executive President of the IEMed, and moderated by Roger Albinyana, Managing Director of the IEMed.
Laura Basagni shared some insights from the EuroMeSCo policy study in which she contributed: “Anticipating and Mitigating Side-Effects: The Road to a Successful Green Transition in the Euro-Mediterranean Region”. She also shared her reflections on the effects of war in Ukraine for the Green Transition in the Mediterranean region.
Emad Adly brought to the panel not only Egyptian expertise but also a regional civil society perspective.
And Josep Canals-Molina explained how cities in the Mediterranean are at the forefront of the decarbonisation agenda.
President Michele Capasso, who was present at COP 27, recalled the Mediterranean Foundation's commitment since 1990 to ecological conversion, which was also transmitted to EUROMESCO, of which it is a founding member.

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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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