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.


As every year, the Foundation participates in the "Pescasseroli legge" event, under the artistic direction of Dacia Maraini. Among the speakers is Roberto Saviano.

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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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The "Conference of Mediterranean Ministers of Culture" was held in Naples.
In the final document, the proposal for a "Mediterranean Capital of Culture".
On this occasion, Michele Capasso - President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and Secretary General of the "United States of the World" - recalled the 33 years of commitment in favour of culture and Euro-Mediterranean dialogue, the role played by the Fondazione Mediterraneo in the establishment of the "Anna Lindh Foundation" and in the institution of a "Mediterranean Capital of Culture", which was decided by the 2248 participants at the Euromed Civil Forum in Naples (10-12 December 1997) in the presence - among others - of the President of the Italian Republic Scalfaro, other Heads of State and Government of various countries as well as representatives of international bodies.
"We are honoured and willing," concluded President Capasso, "to bring our contribution to this initiative, which is necessary for peace and shared development in the Greater Mediterranean and the world".

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