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 Holy Easter, President Michele Capasso took part in the peace march with migrants from various countries, especially from Africa.
All together they attended the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis and the "urbi et Orbi" message.

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President Michele Capasso, the members of the Governing Board and of the International Scientific Committee, and the heads of the Autonomous Sections of the Fondazione Mediterraneo express their deep sorrow for the death of lawyer Roberto Caselli, a founding member of the Fondazione and member of the Governing Board for over a decade.
President Capasso mourns the "Brother" and "Friend" who was characterised by his limpidity, transparency and exemplary rigour.

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EuroMeSCo will hold an online Off the Record Policy Talk with relevant EU stakeholders. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the political, geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of the war in Ukraine in the MENA region.
The Off the Record Policy Talks are an activity of the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project. Their aim is to provide key policy stakeholders with a platform for direct debate with experts. These are small-sized meetings held under strict Chatham House rules.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo is a founding member of the EuroMeSCo network and supports and disseminates its main activities.

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During his apostolic journey to Malta, Pope Francis met with migrants, right after yet another massacre in the Mediterranean Sea with over 90 people losing their lives.
President Capasso recalled the Pope's first visit to Lampedusa in 2013 and then to Lesbos, and stressed the importance of a European reception resolution, on the model of what is happening with Ukrainian refugees.

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Pope Francis visited the island of Malta, the centre of the Mediterranean and the heart of migration.
In his meeting with the President of the Republic, George Vella, he recalled the importance of welcoming people.
There was great participation in the Holy Mass. Earlier in the day, the Pope visited the Grotto of St Paul.
President Michele Capasso recalled the central role of Malta and the numerous events organised by the Foundation in over thirty years: "We are reassured by the presence of President George Vella, a dear friend who has shared with us the most significant stages of our action for peace and dialogue", concluded Capasso.

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