Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)


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, leader of the Italian Network and founder of the Anna LIndh Foundation (FAL), explained to the participants in the General Assembly of the IMC - Intermediate Intermediate Mediterranean Commission - which met in the seat of the Museum of Peace - MAMT (where the FAL Documentation Centre is located) the activities of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the results achieved.
President Capasso welcomed the inclusion in the Final Declaration of the IMC (point 34) of the reference made by the FAL to the "Manual on education for intercultural citizenship in the Mediterranean Euroregion".

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The 60 delegates from the European and Mediterranean Regions participating in the IMC (Inter-Mediterranean Commission of the CPMR) welcomed and appreciated the organisation of the General Assembly and the International Seminar in the headquarters of the Mediterranean Foundation and the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
An oasis of knowledge and values ", commented the president of the IMC Apostolos Katsifaras, to which the delegates and representatives of European and international bodies were associated.
The Deputy Mayor of the Campania Region, Serena Angioli, has expressed her appreciation for this collaboration, which strengthens long-standing ties between the Campania Region and the Fondazione Mediterraneo, and will continue to be consolidated in the future.

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Luca Palazzo, an expert of the ENI CBC Med Programme Management Authority, assigned for some time to the Sardinia Region, explained the main points of the new programme and the forthcoming calls dedicated to standard projects.
On this occasion he presented the various stages of the programme's presentation in the partner countries held or planned in Nicosia, Athens, Valencia, Malta, Lisbon, Marseilles, Amman, Beirut, Rome, Cairo, Tuisi, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
The aim of these meetings is to provide potential partners with all the information necessary for the submission of project proposals under the first call, which amounts to € 84.6 million. The following points are discussed and examined:

  • Objectives and priorities of the “call”;
  • Participation and eligibility rules;
  • Evaluation criteria for project proposals;
  • Complete the application form and other documents that make up the offer.

By participating in these events, you have the opportunity to ask questions to representatives of programme management structures and national authorities.
In a meeting with President Capasso, the proposal of the Fondazione Mediterraneo to spread the programme with its networks in order to strengthen its participation and promote it in the Museum of Peace - MAMT through video and multimedia communication systems was analyzed.

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After almost 30 years of activity, the Fondazione Mediterraneo becomes for two days the hub of the main community programmes: from the Union for the Mediterranean to Horizon2020, from Panoramed to Interreg, from ENI CBC Med to Erasmus and, for a long list, the results of the main programmes are presented in the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo but, above all, the guidelines of the forthcoming calls.
Appreciation of the participants for the continuity and quality of the Foundation's work to promote dialogue and cooperation between peoples.

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Apostolos Katsifaras, President of the Dytiki Ellada region and President of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission, visited the Fondazione Mediterraneo, welcomed by President Michele Capasso and other members of the association.
Katsifaras spoke beautiful words about the Foundation and called it "An oasis of values, an oxygen bottle for the citizens of Europe and the Mediterranean. A beacon of hope on the common issues of solidarity, dialogue, mutual respect, living and existing together ".

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