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 Fondazione Mediterraneo, first observer of PAM, has taken part in the workshop and in the press conference in the person of the president Mc. In this occasion the Fm has underlined the importance of dialogue with reference to energetic choices: rules, technical rules and financial aspects.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean is organizing, within the framework of the PAM Panel on External Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean (PAM 2nd Standing Committee for Economic, Social and Environmental issues), a high-profile conference on “Mediterranean Energy: an urgent need”, to be held in Naples, Italy, on 17 November 2011. The event is part of the PAM Panel’s programme of activities with the aim to support the creation of a Mediterranean energy Community.
PAM will convene the main stakeholders in the infrastructure development for the electricity and gas sectors, inter alia, parliamentarians, representatives of regulators, transmission systems operators, international financial operators and Banks.
The event, presided by Pam Vice-President, Senator Francesco Amoruso (Italy) and the co-chairs of the PAM Panel, Hon. Mohammad Zureiqat (Jordan) and Mrs. Teresa Ribeiro (Portugal), is led by Eng. Alessandro Ortis, Coordinator of the Energy Sectoral Group within the PAM Panel. The Conference will take place under the auspices of the Association of Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas (MEDREG), Observer to PAM and major PAM’s partner in the energy sector, and is sponsored by TERNA S.p.A. (the Italian owner and operator of the National Electricity Transmission Grid).

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, spoke at the Rome Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the presentation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce of Latina, Rome, Caserta, Naples and Salerno attended by their Presidents Zottola, Cremonesi, De Simone, Maddaloni, Arzano and Palombelli, respectively.
President  Zottola, proponent of the memorandum, highlighted how the “joint  project, inspired by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Latina Chamber of Commerce, to unite the Lazio and Campania regions through an important project for the maritime economy, had been implemented”.

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Following the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, “Regio Prima Latium et Campania”, for the development of the Maritime Economy, which took place in Naples at the Navigare Boat Show on 28th October this year, the Caserta, Latina, Naples, Rome and Salerno Chambers of Commerce met in Rome to present the contents of their agreement, and to share their thoughts on the next operative steps to be taken to move forward together. Accordingly, a Round Table was organized at the Hall of the Council of the Rome Chamber of Commerce on 16th November, entitled: “the Maritime Economy: Lazio and Campania Regions leading the Mediterranean. Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, participating at this event, reminded the participants that this initiative had been suggested by the Fondazione and President of the Latina Chamber of Commerce (CCIIA), Mr Zottola, four years earlier. Other supporters included the Viterbo Chamber of Commerce, which officialised its formal adhesion to the agreement. The Councillor for Employment and Training for the Lazio Region, Ms. Mariella Zezza, inaugurated the day’s work, stating: “We are committed to sustaining vocational training in maritime industries that will lead to specialised professional profiles and generate new employment. On Saturday morning I will be in Gaeta to inaugurate the first courses of its kind to be held at an Italian Technical College, the G. Caboto Nautical Institute. The courses will train new shipboard officers, deck officers and port directors”. The Councillor concluded that, “from today we will consolidate our collaboration into an inter-regional agreement to create an surge of employment.” Vincenzo Zottola, Latina Chamber of Commerce, declared that “the Round Table was an opportunity to launch a joint collaboration programme to give immediate effect to the memorandum of understanding. Two working groups will be formed, a political/strategic one formed by presidents of the Chambers of Commerce, and the other technical/scientific composed of national level experts coordinated by their respective secretaries general. Mr. Zottola concluded that “we need to remember that together the two regions represent one fifth of the services produced by the entire Country. With 830 kilometres of coast representing 11% of the Italian coastline and one of the most interesting insular systems of the world, and certainly in the Mediterranean, in relation to which both regions can boast impressive statistics. Among them, mention need only be made the 16.5% of shipbuilders’ yards, 6.5% of fishing, 18.7% of maritime transport and approximately 14 million passengers, 10% of commercial ports capable of moving 44 million tonnes of goods and 2.2 million passengers from the cruise liners market”.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo will take part in the States General of Culture.

Looking towards its appointment at the States General of Culture, scheduled for Rome on 3-4 December, the Democratic Party of Turin, in collaboration with the DP Group for the City and Province, is rallying forces to promote an important occasion on which to compare and exchange experiences with the vast and multifarious world of culture offered in Turin. The assembly is proposing to capitalize on the experiences and opportunities from the diversified cultural horizon of the City of Turin and Municipalities of  its Province to keep culture alive in times of cuts and crisis by bringing together numerous  people from the whole territory: directors, representatives of associations and foundations, and people working in the sector. Moreover, this meeting in Turin represents an opportunity to consolidate a new alliance bringing together the driving forces of  society, forming a pact capable of offering prospects and injecting impetus into the many forms of energy that have lent expression to such a great season. This  has increased the appeal of our territory and given it a new identity. The States General of Culture meeting in Turin on 19 November  can be seen as a genuine incubator for ideas and a stimulus towards the construction of a model for alternative development. Hence culture will be a catalyst for development and employment, laying down the cardinal points for a Government proposal allowing the Country to hoist itself out of the economic and moral decline into which it has sunk.

It took place, between 20 to 23 october 2011, the X ALF National Networks Leaders Meeting. From Fondazione Mediterraneo, member of Italian Network, joined the President Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari, board member and person in charge for the area “Youngs” and “Creativity”. In this occasion has been discussed:

- Aims and Strategies 2012-2015
- Budget 2012
- Network’s Development

Discussion topic has been also the “Arab Spring” and the role which National Networks have to cover.

The meeting has been opened by Union For Mediterranean General Secretary Amrani which stressed Alf and his networks importance.
The President Michele Capasso and  Pia Molinari proposed to realise a joint action – shared by Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, French Networks and Lybian Exponent, in order to give voice to youngs from Mediterranean South Shore.

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