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 president of the Mediterranean Foundation Michele Capasso, during his trip to Tunisia, has retraced an itinerary on camel from Gammarth to Bizerte: the same carried out in 1989 with his fraternal friend Predrag Matvejevic' (with him and other Mediterranean intellectuals he created the Foundation thirty years ago) that defined Tunisia as "cousin sea".

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During a cordial meeting at the Palace of Carthage, the President of the European Commission, Jeam-Claude Juncker, met the President of Tunisia Caid Essebsi.
In this meeting, President Juncker announced that the Commission had withdrawn Tunisia from the "black lists" of third countries for funding terrorist groups.
On this occasion, it confirmed the granting of a loan to Tunisia by the EU for 270 million euro to strengthen the strategic partnership.
President Capasso, present in Tunis, welcomed this further step towards a closer structuring of relations between Tunisia and the EU, recalling the proposal of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, since 1997, to associate countries such as Tunisia and Morocco with EU to strengthen peace and cooperation.

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The President Michele Capasso participated in the 4th International Colloquium "The Maghreb, geo-historical determinism and strategic issues" organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Political Academy Forum.
The professor Capasso presided over the second scientific session dedicated to the "Challenges of integration of the Maghreb" and took part in the third scientific session dedicated to "The Maghreb and the other" with the report "The Great Mediterranean and the Arab Maghreb".
The tendency to consider the Maghreb Union as "a geopolitical, geo-economic necessity and the hope for a sustainable economic development" (Lamrani, 2013) still persists.
Is hope for a common Maghreb future at all levels desirable? It's possible?
Three main concepts were at the base of the interview: understanding, seeing, building.
Concrete experiences of cooperation between States and civil society in the Maghreb countries can in fact be sources of inspiration to identify the areas to be exploited as priorities.

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On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, many Tunisian exponents have recalled the role of the Foundation since the late eighties.
Faiza Kefi, councilor for the justice of the president of the Parliament, recalled the foundation ceremony of the foundation and the II Euromed Civil Forum and Sonia M'Barek - former minister of culture and Tunisian singer - underlined the importance of music in the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
Wassila Ben Achour proposed ancient recipes for the Museum to preserve the memory and traditions.

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