Mediterranean Awards

In 1996, the Fondazione Mediterraneo instituted the Mediterranean Awards (with various categories) that are granted every year to eminent personalities from the worlds of arts and culture, politics and science and social disciplines, whose actions have contributed to reducing tensions, breaking down cultural barriers and developing shared values in the Greater Mediterranean.

This Award is considered one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the world.

Various events are associated with the Mediterranean Award, such as the “Euro-Mediterranean Concert for Dialogue Among Cultures” and the “Epiphany Concert” (organized by the Cultural Centre “Oltre il Chiostro” in collaboration with the Fondazione Mediterraneo. The latter event is broadcast by RaiUno and Rai International throughout the world every year on the morning of January 6th).



Fondazione Mediterraneo bestowed the Mediterranean Prize for Culture 2007 to the Egyptian writer ‘Alaa Al-Aswany , author of the famous novel “The Yacoubian Building”.
The awarding ceremony took place on March the 16th, in the Vesuvio Hall of Fondazione Mediterraneo.
During President Capasso greeting speech, motivations for the Prize were showed.

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Fondazione Mediterraneo bestowed the "Mediterranean Peace Award" and the title of "Ambassador of the United States of the World" to the Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize for Peace.
The awarding ceremony was held at the Sala Vesuvio of FM.

Michele Capasso illustrated the grounds of this prize in his speech of welcome, underlining Dr Ebadi’s engagement in favour of children, in order to make them growing up in a world without violence.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo awarded the Queen Rania Al-Abdullah the "Mediterranean Award for Social Solidarity".
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Pier Ferdinando Casini, and the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Mr. Michele Capasso, awarded the prize during a ceremony held at the Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome, where the Italian Chamber of Deputies meets.

The prize pays tribute to Queen Rania’s work to promote the education of girls and thus integrate the various sectors of Arab society into the global development process.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo awards the Mediterranean Prize in partnership with international institutions, such as the IPU, that support dialogue and cultural and social interaction in the Mediterranean region.

Last year, for example, the IPU organized a preparatory meeting for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean at the Fondazione Mediterraneo headquarters in Naples.

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"If our goal is a world in which peaceful coexistence reigns, cultural engagement on common ground is indispensable. Such encounters are possible especially in the Greater Mediterranean region allowing each culture to discover each other´s beliefs: Finland is one of the main actors in this process".

With these words Michele Capasso, president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo gave Erkki Tuomioja, the Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the nomination for the “Mediterranean  Award for Diplomacy 2007” during the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Tampere (Finland). With this prize, Capasso underlined, the Fondazione Mediterraneo wanted to award “the important role of Finland in promoting the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue” as well as Tuomioja work encouraged by a “democratic pluralistic conception developed during a political and diplomatic experience of high importance.” Since its creation in 1995, the prize has been awarded to such prominent personalities as Kiro Gligorov, Hassan II of Morocco, Suzanne Mubarak, Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, Leah Rabin, the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyp Erdogan, Naguib Mahfouz and Juan Carlos I king of Spain.

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Welcomed by president Michele Capasso, vice-president Caterina Arcidiacono, Claudio Azzolini, Wassyla Tamzali, and other members of the Fondazione Mediterraeno as well as by ministers plenipotentiary Cosimo Risi and Antonio D’Andria, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Bedjaoui, with the Italian Ambassador to Algiers Gianfranco Verderame and the Algerian Ambassador to Italy Rachid Marif, received the “Mediterranean Diplomacy Award 2006” and the title of "Ambassador of the United States of the World".

Before arriving in Naples, the Algerian Minister had a friendly meeting with Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy, who congratulated him on receiving the award and he spoke about the outstanding personalities who received it before him.

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The awarding ceremony of the Mediterranean Media Award 2006 assigned to the Arab newspaper Dar Al Hayat, took place in the Aula Magna of the University of Naples Federico II, in the presence of chief editor Mr. Abdo Wazen.
This prize, described by Director Ignacio Ramonet of Le Monde Diplomatique as a "Nobel Prize of the Mediterranean", is awarded to those newspapers that distinguished themselves for promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between the peoples of the Mediterranean.

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The award ceremony of the "Mediterranean Prize for Culture 2006" took place in Algiers, in the presence of diplomats, journalists and "customers".
Among those present at the event were president Capasso and vice-president Arcidiacono of Fondazione Mediterraneo and director general of National Library of Algiers Amin Zaoui.
On this occasion, the memorandum of understanding for the "Library of Peace" in Naples was signed.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo-Maison de la Méditerranée – represented by its President Michele Capasso and its Vice President Caterina Arcidiacono - met in Tunis with Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa delivering him the Mediterranean Institutions Award 2006.

On this occasion the programme of Amr Moussa official visit in Naples on April 2006 and the outline of the agreement with the Arab League, concerning the project "Greater Mediterranean", were discussed.

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