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.


In line with the Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood and the New Deal on Migration and Asylum, the EU encourages more systematic efforts to coordinate actions with neighbouring countries. To strengthen this coordination, the EU envisages the development of Migration Partnerships, as tailor-made agreements incorporating the political priorities of EU partners and countries.
In this respect, the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed), in the framework of the "EuroMeSCo connecting the dots" project, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in the framework of the "EuroMed Migration 5" project, conducted this survey to reflect on the improvement of migration partnerships between the EU and the southern Mediterranean countries.
The survey targeted respondents from southern Mediterranean countries, including policy makers, experts and civil society representatives, and its results should reflect the priorities and views in the respective national contexts of southern Mediterranean countries, thus paving the way for an evidence-based approach to negotiating partnerships.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo is a founding member of the EuroMeSCo network and supports and disseminates its main activities.

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On March 11th, IPI hosted a virtual conversation among four former UN senior officials on “The War in Ukraine: Anticipating Dilemmas for the UN as it Strives to Stop the Fighting.”
As the war progresses in Ukraine and millions of lives are upended, questions concerning ceasefires, humanitarian pauses and the like will advance. What dilemmas will the UN inevitably face when working to establish mechanisms to stop the fighting?
How can a ceasefire or humanitarian pause be negotiated without rewarding aggression?
What are the lessons from past experience?
And how can a constructive path forward be established?

  • Mark Malloch Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations, former UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Administrator of the UN Development Programme;
  • Karin Landgren, Executive Director of Security Council Report, former UN Under-Secretary-General, and Head of three UN Peace Operations;
  • Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator;
  • Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, President of the International Peace Institute and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Among the discussants was Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

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The President, the members of the Governing Board, the International Committee and the heads of the branch offices in various countries express their deep condolences for the death of Antonio Martino, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic and member of the Foundation's International Committee.
In particular, President Capasso - who was moved - recalled his support for the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD project and its symbol, the TOTEM OF PEACE, presented in Rabat in 2010 with the Honourable Claudio Azzolini to the Presidents of the Parliaments of the Euro-Mediterranean countries.

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