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 has launched an international appeal for peace in Ukraine and for the establishment of a United States of Europe and a United States of the World. President Michele Capasso said he was appalled by this war in the heart of Europe and that "more than 30 years of peace-building efforts seem to have been in vain". "One of the reasons," said President Capasso, "is to be found in the unpreparedness of the ruling and political classes in Europe and, in general, in the rest of the world".
The appeal highlights "a UN unsuited to the changes in our world with bureaucratic rules and vetoes that prevent real peace action; a NATO that is still a prisoner of archaic defence models; a European Union that cares so little about the rest of Europe except for economic needs and following the law of markets and merchants; a Russia that is trying to take over the place of the former Soviet Union using force and violence and all the games barely disguised by the great powers and their interests".
The Appeal concludes with a condemnation of what is happening and the following demands:
"Let us again throw a bottle into our sea with a common appeal, intended for what remains of conscience on our shores. We address these words to our friends in Europe, the Mediterranean and the world to ask them to join us and support us.

  • We condemn any military attack on Ukraine and denounce that war not only does not solve problems but increases them both in Ukraine and in Europe, in Russia itself and in the rest of the world.
  • We condemn those who ignore the will of the Ukrainian people, including by trying to remove a government democratically elected by the people to create disaffection between the real and legal country.
  • We call on the government of the United States of America and the governments of the European Union to demand forcefully and by all democratic means respect for international law, especially the Geneva Convention and the UN Charter.
  • We call on the government of Russia, a country with ancient traditions of culture and civilisation, to respect human rights and to accept the demands for democracy expressed by its people towards all and, in particular, towards a 'brother' country: Ukraine.

The governments of the West, just as they were silent when the holocaust of the Jews was being prepared and perpetrated, are now prevaricating with sanctions, even if they are strict, while waiting for the victor - when the fighting is over - to give them the appearance of having brokered peace.
It is up to civil society to rise up and say STOP!  STOP the slaughter of innocents!"

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The second edition of "Mediterranean Frontier of Peace" was held in Florence. It was organised by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) together with the Municipality of Florence, which jointly organised a meeting of Mediterranean Mayors in the footsteps of Giorgio La Pira.
"That experienced by the mayors and bishops of the Mediterranean is an important moment - said the President of the Foundation Michele Capasso, who has been committed to Peace in the Mediterranean for thirty years when few paid attention to the region - and these days in which mayors, prelates, experts and volunteers were able to compare notes and listen is a significant act just when in Ukraine an atrocious war is looming in the heart of Europe, on the borders of the Mediterranean".
President Capasso recalled the friendship between his father Raffaele (Mayor of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio) and Giorgio La Pira, his meeting - while still a teenager - with the visionary Mayor who left an indelible mark on his education.
"Cardinal Bassetti, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, said: "By coming together and listening to each other, mayors and bishops signed a common declaration, 'The Charter of Florence', in which points emerged that are close to everyone's heart, regardless of their different worldviews and religions. A marvellous fact while a crazy war is going on in Ukraine bringing death and destruction". "But the clock of history does not want to stop its hands in Florence", continued Cardinal Bassetti, "on the contrary, it wants the hour of peace and dialogue to resound continuously".
The Italian Bishops' Conference president then turned his thoughts to Giorgio La Pira, who was mayor of Florence in the early 1960s and who saw the Mediterranean as "a sea that unites and does not divide", "the 'great lake of Tiberias' overlooked by the civilisations that belong to the 'triple family of Abraham'". For Cardinal Bassetti, the encounter between these civilisations "can change the history not only of the Mediterranean, but of the entire world". Let me tell you," the cardinal declared energetically, "God has called us here in Florence against all adversity, against all difficulties, against all wars. And quoting La Pira again, the cardinal stressed the need to break down walls and build bridges between the Mediterranean peoples, to "unite what has been divided for centuries", to unite, in the name of human brotherhood, as the Pope stated in the Abu Dhabi document, to unite for peace.
Lastly, Cardinal Bassetti thanked the mayors and bishops for the "wonderful work" they have done in recent days that has given rise to the "Florence Charter", inviting them to take the document to their cities, schools, religious communities and parishes, to spread it, to disseminate it, but above all to embody it. For the Cardinal, this Charter is the testimony that there is a Mediterranean conscience, "it is a social pact, a pact of friendship". "The Florence Charter is truly a ray of sunshine at a time when all around us we hear the sound of weapons and there seems to be so much darkness.
The full text of Cardinal Bassetti's speech, published on the Italian Bishops' Conference website, recalls the sad definition that Pope Francis has repeatedly given of the Mediterranean Sea: "the largest cemetery in Europe". In recent years, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives crossing this sea in search of a better life or fleeing a war," the cardinal remarked. "This dramatic emergency deeply challenges us as Christians and as human beings. We cannot remain indifferent to the great migratory flow that has been characterising the Mediterranean for some time now. We must therefore come to the rescue and help". For the president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, it is also necessary to see migration "not just as a problem but as a great opportunity. An opportunity to transform our cities into places of welcome and hospitality". But Cardinal Bassetti also highlighted the other emergency that is shaking the world, "the dramatic news and the even more disturbing images coming from Ukraine", which tell of a new "humanitarian tragedy". "My thoughts and prayers go out to all those people who are now in underground shelters and to those who are fleeing," confided Cardinal Bassetti, who launched an appeal "to all those who are fighting": "I would like to use the simple words of an old priest: please, I beg you, stop! In the name of God, no to war!"

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - with authoritative members of the Scientific Committee (first and foremost Prof. Corrado Perricone) - continues its meticulous action of investigation and information on the evolution of Covid 19 and on treatments to reduce its harmful effects.
Started in February 2020, this initiative of the Fondazione Mediterraneo is taking on concrete importance as it becomes a point of reference, especially in the countries of the Southern Shore of the Mediterranean.
In recent days, members of the Foundation invited to Japan have stressed the importance of knowledge of the immune system in order to manage treatment and anti-Covid 19 vaccines, especially Novavax, in a more analytical and "ad personam" manner. This is summarised in the article published in various newspapers today.

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President Michele Capasso, the members of the Governing Board, the members of the International Scientific Committee and the representatives of the detached offices in the various countries express their satisfaction with the re-election of Sergio Mattarella as President of the Italian Republic.
In particular, the support from the beginning of his first mandate for the Mediterranean Foundation and the irreplaceable values of freedom, democracy and social justice was emphasised.

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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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