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.


Great emotion at the San Carlo Theatre, full in every order of seats.
Mameli's anthem, the audience on its feet. And five minutes of applause. This is how the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella is welcomed at the San Carlo for the premiere of Verdi's Otello, directed by Mario Martone.  The Head of State was received at the entrance of the theatre by the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, the president of the Campania Region, Vincenzo De Luca, the prefect Claudio Palomba and the superintendent of the Neapolitan Massimo, Stephane Lissner.
There is a Western army in the Middle East, we see soldiers scrambling to make a career. A decidedly different scene from the original performance at La Scala on 5 February 1887. a predictable triumph, even then. "For music and drama intertwine and clasp each other in indissoluble knots", the opera's timeless summary. "Esultate", "Innaffia l'ugola" and the love duet in the first act, "Credo in un dio crudel" and "Sì pel ciel marmoreo io giuro", but also "Dio mi potevi scagliar", the "Canzone del salice" and "Niun mi tema" established its fame. With exceptional singers.
Jonas Kaufmann is the 'Moor' without the black face ('I couldn't and wouldn't want to anymore', says Martone). The star plays Otello with Yusif Eyvazov.
The guest of honour is President Sergio Mattarella. Mayor Manfredi shook his hand and accompanied him inside, already looking beyond: "For now we are content with one night, but Naples must always be the capital". Governor De Luca agreed. In the royal box, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico, Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi and Undersecretary Enzo Amendola.
The star in the audience is Toni Servillo, the actor greets the French ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset: he is expected in Paris on 7 December to present the film nominated for an Oscar by Paolo Sorrentino. Magistrates Federico Cafiero de Raho and Giovanni Melillo, and Rai's managing director Carlo Fuertes also arrive. On the balcony sit one hundred university and conservatory students, thanks to the supporters of Concerto d'imprese. And students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples engaged as interns on the new "On" platform for a training project on digital professions.
Roses were thrown at the end of the curtain and the Head of State was applauded as he left.

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"A great opportunity hampered by bureaucracy and by the specific interests of large countries such as China and Russia: we need to create the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD".
This is how the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso expressed himself in Rome at the conclusion of the G20 work.
A large oval table, framed by the flags of the leading countries with the addition of that of the European Union. All around, the backdrops with images of Italian landscapes and the slogan of the summit 'People, planet, prosperity'. Mario Draghi welcomed the world leaders in the room set up inside the Cloud where the work of the Summit of the Great Ones takes place.
"Dear colleagues, it is a great pleasure to welcome you here in Rome for this G20 and to see you here after the difficulties of recent years", began the premier opening the first session. Draghi was the first to take his place, after the 'photo opportunity', at the large work 'desk' which is furnished with a large lawn in the center and 'surrounded' by positions for the delegations and the staff of the leaders. The prime minister, in particular, was able to count on the presence (behind him) of the ministers most directly involved in the dossiers of the summit: Economy Minister Daniele Franco and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Around the big table, each head of state and government has his assigned seat. Among the many, Angela Merkel can count on Indian Prime Minister Modi as a 'desk mate'.
The Roman summit is mainly articulated around the discussions on the issues that the Italian presidency summarizes in the "three P": people, planet and prosperity. At the heart of the first area, the effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the economic and social equilibrium of the world. The goal is to reduce global inequalities made even more evident by the health crisis, looking for ways to protect the most vulnerable sections of the population - women, young people and precarious workers - by working on issues such as access to education and inequalities of opportunities and living conditions in the various countries of the world. The issue of coronavirus vaccines is central, with countries that have now reached high thresholds of already immunized populations and vast areas of the world where instead only a few groups have been vaccinated.

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In the margins of the events for the ratification of the "Totem for Peace" as a symbol of the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD, a meeting was held in the premises of the Fondazione Mediterraneo between the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to Italy H.E. Taalay Bazarbaev and the Ambassador of Tunisia to Italy H.E. Moez SInaoui.
Welcomed by President Michele Capasso, they expressed their gratitude to the Fondazione Mediterraneo for its thirty-year commitment to peace and dialogue between peoples.

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The EuroMeSCo Workout courses target think tankers and researchers who are eager to improve their skills in a particular area.
In this fall edition, the three following EuroMeSCo Workout courses will be held online:

  • Infographics and data visualization for beginners. Eli Vivas & Laura Navarro, StoryData.
  • Foresight Techniques for Research and Think Tank Work. Florence Gaub, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
  • Policy Recommendations: The Key to Influence. Georgeta Auktor, German Development Institute (DIE) & Daniela Marzavan, Team Marzavan

The IEMed will issue a Certificate of Completion upon the satisfactory completion of each course.
This is part of the project EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots, co-funded by the European Union and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).
The Fondazione Mediterraneo, co-founder of the network, and the Anna Lindh Italia Federation participated in the work.

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