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 took part in the "th International Conference on "Water, megacities and global change" (EauMega) co-organized by the Division of Water Sciences of UNESCO and ARCEAU IdF (Association Research Communities in the field of l'EAU Ile de France), in collaboration with the Métropole du Grand Paris and the Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation of the Parisian Agglomeration (SIAAP) from January 11 to 14, 2022, online.
UNESCO’s Division of Water Sciences and ARCEAU-IdF (Association of the Water Professionals, Researchers, Decision Makers And Elected officials from the Paris Metropolitan Area) are co-organizing the Second International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change (EauMega), in collaboration with the Greater Paris Metropolis and the Greater Paris Sanitation Authority (SIAAP, Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l’Assainissement de l’Agglomération Parisienne) on 11-14 January 2022, online.
The involvement of young people is of particular significance.
The Assembly of Mayors and Governors also took place on 14 January 2022.


  • To produce a scientific and technical overview of water management in Megacities in order to identify and update the most important issues.
  • To strengthen the dialogue between science and policy actors at local level.
  • To activate the cooperation platform of the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate (MAWAC) by concretizing the exchange of their expertise in the specific field of water and climate.
  • To review the Strategic Global Framework of MAWAC, prepared by the Working Group of UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP).


  • Publication of the 15 best papers in a high-level international scientific journal in open access.
  • UNESCO electronic publication of the Proceedings of the conference in open-access Youth.
  • Declaration and Call for Actions for water and climate change in Megacities.

In his speech, President Michele Capasso recalled the commitment of the Fondazione Mediterraneo for water since its creation in 1990 and the collaboration with UNESCO that has taken place on several occasions such as the "World Water Days".

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President Michele Capasso, the members of the Governing Council and of the International Scientific Committee, the heads of the Autonomous Sections of the Fondazione Mediterraneo express their deep sorrow for the death of President David Sassoli.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo is close to the family of President Sassoli, remembering the common sharing of the dream of the United States of Europe and the United States of the World.

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Prof. Michele Capasso, as every year, addressed his Message to all the peoples, taking stock of the activities carried out: in particular those related to the project of the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD.
In the text, President Capasso retraced the essential stages of thirty years of activity at the head of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, characterized by what seemed to be a dream: the Constitution of the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD, proposed by the Fondazione in 1990 by an intuition of Gustavo Rol, which in this year 2021 has been implemented with the involvement of many countries: from Tunisia to Kyrgyzstan, from Morocco to the United States of America.

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On the occasion of the celebration of the "55th WORLD DAY OF PEACE", the Holy Father Francis sent a message on the theme "THE CULTURE OF CARE AS A PATH TO PEACE".
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, expressed himself on the same theme in his message for the new year.

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