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.

 

The Morocco Parliament president Abdelwahed Radi, Ambassador in Italy Hassan Abouyoub and the Moroccan parliamentars whom joined to the Mediterranean Parliamentar Assembly payed homage to Fondazione Mediterraneo and its president Michele Capasso in occasion of the twenty years anniversary from the institution’s establishment.

The APM General Secretary Sergio Piazzi declared:

“ Fondazione is a useful tool of dialogue between cultures and Mediterranean Parliamentar Assembly is proud to have as first observer  Fondazione which started to play an important role in the region.”.

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From left:
The Secretary General of the APM Sergio Piazzi, the President of the Moroccan Parliament and the Interparliamentary Union Abdelwahed Radi, President Michele Capasso and the Ambassador of Morocco in Italy Hassan Abouyoub
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President of Region PACA – Provence, Alpes Marittimes et Cote d’Azur – Michel Vauzelle expressed his appreciation for the twenty years anniversary of Fondazione Mediterraneo.

“I’ve been knowing Michele Capasso for 20 years and together have been shared the same efforts for dialogue and peace in Mediterranean. First as Foreign Affairs Ministry and later as parliamentar, and as last, as President of a region deeply Mediterranean, I hope that the amazing work done by Michele Capasso and by Fondazione Mediterraneo can found the owed award.  In this crucial moment for the Mediterranean, person as Michele Capasso, are worthy for the establishment of peace and shared development.”

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At the Plenary Session of the  Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), convening  at the seat of the Regional Assembly of Sicily in the historical Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, the outgoing PAM President, Abdelwahed Radi, awarded the PAM Prize to the Fondazione Mediterraneo. President Radi was recently elected as the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the international organization  that unites parliaments from all over the world.

The inscription reads, “On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, for its commitment to promoting intercultural dialogue throughout the Mediterranean and for its support towards the establishment and activities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean”.

President Radi made the following remarks: “This [prize] is made in recognition of Michele Capasso’s having dedicated his life to building prosperity and democracy in the Mediterranean basis. He is a true soldier working relentlessly to achieve the goal of bringing peoples, civilizations and cultures closer together. This prize is only a small token compared to the enormous contribution made by Michele and he deserves much greater recognition for the quality and quantity of his action. It is therefore our wish that such recognition will soon be forthcoming”.

Congratulations were also received from delegations of various countries, including  from Michel Vauzelle, President of the PACA Region and the Jordanian President of PAM, Fayez Tarawneh.

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On Tuesday  26 october 2011 in  Naples – in the headquarter of FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO – MAISON DES ALLIANCES – took place the Jury’s Meeting for the assignment of Mare Nostrum Award 2011.
The contest, published by Grimaldi Lines, is reserved to professionals journalists, experts and media’s workers which in the period between 1° march to 15 september had published «at least one article about sea routes».

The contest, at the third edition, has a prize money of  50mila euro, 10mila for everyone of five winners.
The award prize «aims to value  maritime routes on Mediterranean area, compared to other transportation, in particular the terrestrial ones. Supported by a clear strategy by European Commission, the so called Sea Highways for cargo traffic and passengers, are an extraordinary tool for social and economical cohesions for Shore countries».


Mare Nostrum Awards’ jury is head by Folco Quilici.Along with him, other important exponents from culture and journalism: Brahi Aouam, Tunisian Republic consolus in Naples, Vassiliki Armogeni, greek journalist from Efoplistis magazine, Michele Capasso, president of Fondazione   Mediterraneo, Diana De Feo, Rai journalist , Enric Juliana, vicedirector of Spanish newspaper La Vanguard, Ship owners  Ro/Ro, Virman Cusenza, director of the Naples newspaper “Il Mattino” .

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