THE MAISON DE LA PAIX

CASA UNIVERSALE DELLE CULTURE

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.

 

President Michele Capasso participated in the county presentation "Tunisia, a platform between Europe and Africa" held at the Naples Chamber of Commerce.
In a cordial meeting with the Consul Beya Benabdelbaki and the Councilor for the City of Naples Alessandra Sardu, President Capasso recalled the old ties with Tunisia and the many presentations held at the headquarters of the Foundation and the Peace Museum – MAMT.

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The International Conference on Oceanography And Earth Science, organized by the Institute of Science ,Technology & Development Studies istdst will take place from 29th June to the 30th June in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference will cover areas like exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Oceanography and Earth science.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo participate in this conference.

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This year Omer Dudic will finally be able to bury his dear dead in the genocide. The remains of his brother Nijazija and his sister-in-law Remzija, who was six months pregnant at the time, were recognized thanks to the DNA analysis in the Tuzla identification center and their names appear on the list of 35 people buried on 11 July 2018 during the celebrations for the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
"In those days of 1995 I was just twenty years old - he tells visibly moved - and I managed to save myself by miracle, fleeing through the woods and walking for over a hundred kilometers barefoot. Since then I have never stopped looking for my relatives ". Today Omer is a farmer in Osmace, a village not far from Srebrenica, surrounded by the green countryside surrounding the Drina valley, on the border between Bosnia and Serbia. It is hard to believe that only a few years ago such a silent and poetic place was the scene of a ferocious ethnic cleansing. Of the approximately one thousand inhabitants who lived here at the time, there are only about eighty now.
A few scattered houses inhabited mostly by some elderly widow, a memorial to the victims of the war and around expanses of fields as far as the eye can see. Fields that could be cultivated, if only there were still the arms to do it. From here you get to Srebrenica in less than half an hour, descending along the road that Ratko Mladic and his troops of executioners traveled after the definitive fall of the city. The physiognomy of the small downtown square has recently been modified by an impressive red building that houses a hotel and a Turkish bank. Next to it, the minaret of the main city mosque is dominated by the dome of the Orthodox church. After what happened in the first half of the 1990s, the cohabitation between the Serbian community and the Muslim minority is a daily challenge. The latter, too, is now bothered by the noisy celebrations machine that is activated every year on 11 July, the annual parade of international delegations, the spotlights that come on for half a day and then go off again until the following year. "It is true, this will be the first anniversary after Mladic's conviction and the closing of the Hague Court of Justice - recognizes Bekir, who was a child during the war - but here the news of convictions come as a distant echo, which does not it shifts the daily balances of ordinary people ".
The survivors and relatives of the victims are forced to live every day with the memory of the genocide and to deal with a moral and material reconstruction that even after so many years is still struggling to take off.
"The process of reconciliation continues to be hampered by nationalist ideologies that throw salt on the wounds of a drama begun long before what the world remembers," explains Hasan Hasanovic, curator of the documentation center of the Potocari memorial, in which he is buried his father too. The siege of the Serbian nationalists in the city began on a spring day of twenty-five years ago, in 1993. "The UN had negotiated a cease-fire, the people thought they could take a breath and we children went out to play football in the schoolyard - he remembers - but suddenly, from the surrounding mountains, grenades began to rain on the city. One hit the playing field in full and exploded a few meters away from me ».
That day Hasan saved himself by miracle but saw fourteen of his classmates die. The slaughter that would have taken place two years later also marked the failure of the international community, as also recalled by the photographic exhibition set up in the premises of the former UN base of Potocari.
With the 35 burials this year, the total burial will exceed 6,800 but the long process to restore an identity to the remains of more than eight thousand victims continues, also because the woods around Srebrenica continue to return the bones buried in the mass graves.
Dragana Vucetic, a forensic anthropologist from the research center on missing persons in Tuzla, confirms that there are about a thousand victims still to be identified.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo, founded precisely to help the victims of the war in the former Yugoslavia, is at the side of these tormented populations.

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The EuroMeSCo annual  conference “Changing Euro-Mediterranean Lenses” brought together over 160 researchers, decision-makers, academics and representatives of civil society from 25 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area to challenge some ideas that underpin Euro-Mediterranean relations.
In Euro-Mediterranean fora indeed, the focus is often on the state of the South and Southeast part of the Mediterranean and its impact on the European Union. In turn, this conference focused on how recent developments in Europe affect the southern shore of the Mediterranean and more generally Euro-Mediterranean relations. Similarly, Euro-Mediterranean policies are too often understood as policies of the European Union towards the Southern Mediterranean.
Therefore, this conference also looked at policies and strategies developed by southern Mediterranean countries vis-à-vis the EU and other partners.
The conference was co-organized by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the OCP Policy Center.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo, co-founder of the network, and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italy took part in the work.

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