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.


Today an intense day of debate ends at the Fondazione Mediterraneo to take stock of what is happening in Turkey and, especially, to the Kurds.
We listened to many members of the International Committee and connected with Turkish and Kurdish intellectuals to learn about their thinking.
The result is discouraging: the main defendant at the global level is a political and government class unprepared, slovenly, devoted to miserable special interests and unaware of the Common Good and the Value of Life and Human Dignity.
"As women we are determined to fight until we achieve the victory of peace, freedom and justice": this is how Kurdish women in a book turn to the world, as they assist the advance of Turkish troops in their territory and try to stop them. They demand that the international community act to put an end to the "invasion and occupation of Turkey in northern Syria". They do this with a letter entitled "To all the women and peoples of the world who love freedom".
It is the testimony of the situation that is faced today by the Kurds who live in northern Syria, since the territory where they live is hostage to the offensive of Turkey.
The text reads:
"We are writing to you in the midst of the war in Northeast Syria, forced by the Turkish state into our native land. We have been resisting for three days under the bombing of fighter planes and Turkish tanks. We have witnessed how mothers in their neighborhoods are targeted by bombing when they leave home to get bread for their families. We saw how the explosion of a NATO grenade tore Sara's seven-year-old leg to shreds, and killed her brother Mohammed by twelve."

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President Michele Capasso participated in the events for the Centenary of the Grenoble Institute of Naples.
Accepted by the Consul General Laurent Burin des Roziers and the previous Consul General Jean Paul Seytre, President Capasso recalled the splendid collaboration between the Consulate of France - Grenoble Institute and the Fondazione Mediterraneo - Museum of Peace.
On this occasion, the need to address the common cultural activities to young people in agreement with the Institutes of other European countries such as Cervantes, Goethe and the British was shared.

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Great Feast in San Biagio to Sister Maria Pia for 75 years of Consecration to God and 97 years of Life.
President Capasso - who dedicated the film “Maria Pia Giudici to Sister Maria Pia. Joy in a simple life" - thanked for the great gift of Sister Maria Pia, an example for all those who work for peace, dialogue and solidarity

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - with the sections "Académie de la Méditerranée", "Maison de la Méditerranée", "Museum of Peace and the Mediterranean"; with the branch offices, the members of the International Committee and of the Executive Council - pays tribute to Jaques Chirac and his vision for a Mediterranean of peace in dialogue with a United Europe.
President Michele Capasso, deeply moved by the sobriety of the ceremony but at the same time by touching moments like the music of Daniel Baremboin on the piano, recalls the friendship with President Chirac and his high sensitivity when he accepted the invitation of President Ciampi (July 2000) to transfer the headquarters of the "Maison de la Méditerranée" and the "Museum of Peace" from Marseille to Naples.
As a member of the honorary committee, he never failed to give the "Maison" and the Fondazione Mediterraneo its support and its highest consideration.
Thank you President

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso had a series of meetings in Rome with ambassadors from various countries and institutional representatives. The main purpose is the definition and preparation of the main activities for the thirty-year anniversary of the Foundation, which will take place in Naples and in various Mediterranean countries from November 2019 to November 2020.

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