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.


ACLI and FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO organized the webinar "Programming peace in the Mediterranean: the Palestinian issue".
Participants included, among others, Dr. Filiberto Parente, Lawyer Maurizio Dago, Prof. Pasquale Gallifuoco, Prof. Carlo Amirante, Prof. Michele Capasso, Director Moni Ovadia, Arch. Mahammad Hannoun, the archimadrida Abdallah Iulio.
President Capasso in his speech presented the program "UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD" and the video of the thirtieth anniversary of the Foundation.

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The Italian Embassy and the British Embassy in Lisbon, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Portugal and ICE - Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies, organized the Webinar "Smart Cities: Building Sustainable Cities".
The Fondazione Mediterraneo intervened with professors arch. Michele Capasso and Massimo Pica Ciamarra who presented the volume "Towards Naples Metropolitan City" as an example.
The event is part of the initiatives aimed at spreading the importance of the issues that will be dealt with at the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which will take place in the city of Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021.
The webinar wanted to be an opportunity to deepen the path taken by Italy and Portugal in the implementation of their respective Recovery and Resilience Plans, with specific regard to the tools that will be put in place to develop a more sustainable mobility and that puts at the service of the environment the most advanced technologies. Central element of the study was the planned path of energy transition in key impact on the future organization of urban centers.
The event, which received an extraordinary response in terms of attendance and interactivity between the speakers and the participating audience, has created a significant space for reflection.
The event was opened by the Ambassador of Italy in Lisbon, Carlo Formosa, the British Ambassador in Lisbon, Chris Sainty, and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Portugal, Santi Cianci, followed by the interventions of João Meneses, Secretary General Business Council for Sustainable Development - Portugal, Stefano Giorgetti, Councillor for Infrastructure and Mobility of the Municipality of Florence, João Tremoceiro, Director of the Center for Management and Urban Intelligence in Lisbon and Sergio Gambacorta, Head of Smart City - Innovability Enel X.
The event was concluded by the participation of the Undersecretary of State for Mobility, Eduardo Pinheiro, who highlighted the importance of the meeting as an opportunity to spread the need to find solutions to achieve the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the Interfaith Forum held in Bologna (12-14 September 2021). The event saw the participation of religious leaders from 70 countries engaged in 32 working sessions, thanks to the technical coordination of the Foundation for Religious Sciences (FSCIRE) of which Prof. Alberto Melloni is the current secretary.
"The fact that Prime Minister Mario Draghi has personally attended an event dedicated to interreligious dialogue seems to me to be a significant sign of the institutional sensitivity of our government towards dialogue and knowledge between religions," said the president of COREIS, Imam Yahya Pallavicini, on the sidelines of a meeting with Draghi in which the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartolomeo also took part.
The premier's attention was also confirmed by his speech, which, after retracing some key events of interreligious dialogue on the Catholic side, such as the Declaration Nostra Aetate and the ecumenical meeting in Assisi in 1986, also mentioned the initiatives of the Islamic world, such as the document "A Common Word Between Us and You: Love for God and for Our Neighbor," the letter signed in 2007 by 138 scholars of the Islamic world, including Imam Pallavicini, sent to all the authorities of Christianity in the world.
"Religion must be a message of love," the Italian Prime Minister concluded in this sense.
Also yesterday, September 14, a number of sessions were held that put at the same table our Italian institutions and some of the most authoritative voices of the Islamic world at the international level. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi talked with Salim al Malik, the Director General of ICESCO (Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), while the Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese discussed social cohesion with the Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, the Undersecretary for Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Mohammed Al-Mamari, and the President of the World Council of Islamic Communities, Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, from the United Arab Emirates.
There was a unanimous call for a clear distinction between authentic religions and their blasphemous exploitation for the purposes of personal hegemonies and armed struggles between factions.
During the three days of meetings there were also moments of meditation, especially on the first evening, September 11, when the prayers recited by the religious guides were addressed to all the victims who suffered atrocities in the places of worship of Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Places of worship that, as has been repeatedly stated, should instead be only spaces to be defended and preserved as instruments of contemplation, comfort and Peace.

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A commemorative ceremony was held at the Museum of Peace to mark the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York and other sites.
The significant moments of the day were broadcasted on the video wall in connection with the USA.
President Capasso stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation to avoid the recurrence of such tragedies.
"The United States of the World - he concluded - is the only solution".

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the "Incanto Mediterraneo" event held on Saturday 4 September 2021. A special day lived in the heart of the Cilento National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the company of cultural excursions, live music and tastings.
This event - says the president Capasso - is part of the cultural enhancement path of the village of Vatolla, a place where one of the finest typical products of our region is produced: the Vatolla onion.
On this occasion the emotional video "Cilento: Timeless Emotions" was presented

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