New & Publications
Oct. 2, 2015
Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico (En español)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Enrique Peña Nieto and the people of Mexico for eliminating onchocerciasis (river blindness) within its borders, as verified recently by the World Health Organization (WHO). Mexico is the world's third nation to receive official verification of elimination of the disease.
Sept. 29, 2015
International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas (En español) (Em Português)
The Carter Center, PAHO/WHO, and the Mectizan Donation Program of Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, are part of a coalition of organizations helping countries in the Americas fight river blindness (onchocerciasis) and are calling for a final push to definitively eliminate transmission of the disabling disease from the Western Hemisphere.
Sept. 25, 2015
Carter Center Issues Statement on Candidate Scrutiny Process and Campaign Environment in Myanmar
The Carter Center election observation mission has deployed field teams to observe the electoral campaign, which officially started on Sept. 8. The first week of campaigning, as observed by the Center in three states, was peaceful, and parties report being able to conduct their campaign activities without significant difficulty. The Center remains concerned that strict enforcement of campaign regulations, and recently announced limitations on political speech, could have a negative impact on pre-election political space.
Sept. 25, 2015
Carter Center Welcomes Important Breakthrough in Colombian Peace Process (En español)
The Carter Center welcomes the important announcement made by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, on Sept. 23. The major breakthroughs that were reached on the issues of victims, transitional justice, and disarmament, as well as the commitment to an immediate, bilateral cease-fire and to sign a final peace agreement within six months, represent an historic progress to end the country's 51-year war.
Sept. 25, 2015
Carter Center Launches Project on the Benefits of Evidence-Based Observation of U.S. Elections
As The Carter Center marks 10 years as an original endorser of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, its Democracy Program has launched a new project aimed at supporting those working to improve the quality of elections in the United States.
Sept. 16, 2015
Carter Center Releases National Journalism Guide for Reporting on Behavioral Health
The Carter Center Mental Health Program today released "The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health" to journalists, behavioral health and media experts, and guests during the three-day annual meeting of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans aged 18 or older experienced a mental illness last year and 20.7 million adults (8.8%) had a substance use disorder.
Sept. 8, 2015
Carter Center Statement on the Sept. 6 General Elections in Guatemala (En español)
The Carter Center's high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala found these elections to be distinct, not only in regard to Guatemala's electoral history, but also in the context of the region.
Sept. 4, 2015
Carter Center's High-Level Political Delegation Calls Guatemalans to Vote on Sunday (En español)
After its first contact with electoral authorities and other Guatemalan stakeholders, the Carter Center's high-level political delegation has found an extraordinary climate of peace and civic commitment despite the complex political moment through the country has experienced. In this spirit, we encourage all citizens to vote in peace and with democratic conviction, sure that in this new stage, an election with high voter turnout will fortify Guatemala's transformation.
Sept. 2, 2015
Carter Center Sends High-Level Political Delegation to Guatemala Elections
At the invitation of the Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), The Carter Center will send a small, high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala.
Sept. 1, 2015
Carter Center Joins ADEPT Consortium to Advance Democracy
Leaders of The Asia Foundation, The Carter Center, Democracy International, Freedom House, IREX, and World Learning met in Washington today to discuss their enhanced cooperation in programs worldwide to advance democratic elections and political transitions.
Aug. 28, 2015
Carter Center Helps Bolster Liberia's Mental Health Workforce Following Ebola Epidemic
The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, has exceeded its goal of training 150 mental health clinicians by 2015, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. The newest class of 22 clinicians who graduated today brings the total mental health clinicians trained to 166 and will join the effort to improve access to mental health services in Liberia.
Aug. 20, 2015
Clarification from The Carter Center
At his press conference today to discuss his cancer and treatment, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter mentioned four scheduled cancer treatments. As a clarification, these four treatments involve the use of the drug pembrolizumab at three-week intervals.
Aug. 19, 2015
The Carter Center Issues Second Report and Recommendations on Myanmar's Electoral Process
A number of important steps have been taken in the election process since March 2015, according to a Carter Center monitoring mission report released today. Observer accreditation procedures have been finalized, a large number of political parties have announced intentions to compete, and most parties have signed a code of conduct.
Aug. 12, 2015
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.
Aug. 3, 2015
Statement from The Carter Center
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective procedure at Emory University Hospital today to remove a small mass in his liver. His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery.
Aug. 1, 2015
Tunisia: Counterterror Law Endangers Rights (عربي)
Tunisia's new counterterrorism law imperils human rights and lacks the necessary safeguards against abuse, eight nongovernmental organizations said today. The law grants security forces broad and vague monitoring and surveillance powers, extends incommunicado detention from 6 to up to 15 days for terrorism suspects, and permits courts to close hearings to the public and allow witnesses to remain anonymous to the defendants.
July 10, 2015
The Carter Center Awards 2015-2016 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (En español)
The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2015-2016 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a highly competitive and record number of applicants, the 19th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States. Two fellowships also were awarded from Colombia.
July 9, 2015
Carter Center Events Spotlight Cuba, Latin America
The Carter Center and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta are teaming up to host two events examining the future of Cuba and Latin America.
June 29, 2015
Carter Center Auction Raises Nearly $1.8 Million
An auction held during this year's annual Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 24-28 in Vail, Colorado, brought in just under $1.8 million, making it the Center's most successful auction to date.
June 26, 2015
Carter Center Urges Disclosure of Terms of Kawama Permit Transfer (En français)
The Carter Center urges the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the terms of the deal in which state-owned mining company Gécamines lost its interest in the potentially rich Kawama concession. In February 2015, Chabara Sprl, in which Gécamines holds a 30 percent stake, sold the Kawama permit to one of the country's largest companies, Mutanda Mining. The sale was reported in the media only this week.
June 24, 2015
Carter Center Mining Governance Program Launches Updated Website
The Carter Center's mining governance program launched a revamped and improved Congo Mines website (www.congomines.org) on June 24 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
June 19, 2015
Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter Congratulates Liberia's Minister of Health and Social Welfare for Improving Country's Mental Health Care Systems and Services
During the Carter Center's fourth annual Mental Health Liberia Program Review held this week in Atlanta, Georgia, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter congratulated former Liberia Minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Walter Gwenigale for his many contributions that have helped to increase access to care and services for those living with mental illnesses in Liberia.
June 18, 2015
Carter Center Will Not Observe Cherokee Nation Elections
The Carter Center was informed on June 16 of the decision by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission not to extend an invitation to The Carter Center to observe the upcoming elections. While the Center regrets this news, it respects the commission's decision and will not deploy an observer team for the elections.
June 16, 2015
The Carter Center Commends Supreme Constitutional Court Decision to Uphold Commitment to Democratic Processes
The Carter Center commends the Supreme Constitutional Court's decision to reject the request from parliamentarians to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
June 12, 2015
Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor Donates $10 Million to Accelerate Jimmy Carter's Efforts to Help Eliminate River Blindness in Nigeria
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and businessman Sir Emeka Offor signed an agreement today for a partnership to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) from seven states in Nigeria where The Carter Center works with the Federal Ministry of Health, including Sir Emeka's native state, Anambra. The project is made possible by grant support of USD$10 million from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF). It will help reach the goal of eliminating river blindness from the world's most endemic country by 2020.
June 11, 2015
Jimmy Carter Original Oil Painting among Carter Center Auction Highlights
An original oil painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 27 to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Proceeds will support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries.
June 8, 2015
Carter Center Appoints New Members to Board of Councilors
The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization advancing peace and health worldwide, has appointed 14 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 202.
May 28, 2015
Carter Center Issues Comprehensive Preliminary Statement on Guyana Elections
The Carter Center today released its final preliminary statement on Guyana's May 11 general and regional elections.
May 28, 2015
Carter Center Commends Tunisia on Successful 2014 Elections and Makes Recommendations for Improving Electoral Process (عربي) (En français)
The Carter Center has released its final report summarizing its findings and highlighting the genuine and competitive nature of the 2014 legislative and presidential elections in Tunisia. The three rounds of elections were the latest steps in a transition to democracy that grew from a spark in December 2010 to the peaceful ouster of the authoritarian Ben Ali regime in January 2011. In its report, the Center commended the Tunisian people for overcoming significant challenges to reach these milestones, which are critical to the country's consolidation of democratic governance.
May 16, 2015
President Carter Congratulates President David Granger
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter issued the following statement today:
May 14, 2015
Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy
New research about the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be released during the 20th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required.
May 13, 2015
President Carter Calls for Release of Guyana's Election Results
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has urged Guyana's election commission to release election results and called on political leaders to act responsibly.
May 13, 2015
Tunisia: Drop or Amend Security Bill (En français) (عربي)
Tunisian legislators should drop problematic provisions from a new security bill, 13 nongovernmental organizations said in a joint statement today. Provisions of the bill that are inconsistent with international human rights standards and rights guaranteed in the Tunisian Constitution could criminalize the conduct of journalists, whistleblowers, human rights defenders, and others who criticize the police and would allow security forces to use deadly force when it is not strictly necessary to protect lives.
May 12, 2015
Carter Center Commends Guyana's Election Process and Urges Patience as Results Are Finalized
On May 11, Guyanese citizens turned out in large numbers to cast their votes in what is probably the most important election since the watershed elections of 1992. Guyanese voters waited patiently in long lines from early in the morning until into the evening. All across the country, thousands of dedicated poll workers, party agents, and officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) served with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. GECOM officials and poll workers are to be commended for these efforts.
May 12, 2015
Recommendations of The World Summit: End Sexual Exploitation 2025, held May 11-12, 2015
All forms of sexual exploitation are a violation of fundamental human rights and human dignity. Commercial sexual exploitation is gender-based violence and a public health crisis made possible by unethical and ungrounded male entitlement, which disproportionately affects the most vulnerable among us. We oppose language and law that allows for the dehumanization of people who have been commercially sexually exploited. We support the adoption of an international Convention Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation. We support the passage of local, state, and international laws that recognize the intersections of all forms of commercial sexual exploitation including, but not limited to prostitution, pornography, stripping, and trafficking as violations of basic human rights.
May 10, 2015
Statement from The Carter Center
President Carter was not feeling well and has departed Guyana to return to Atlanta today. The Carter Center election observation mission in Guyana is continuing its work and will keep him informed of developments.
May 6, 2015
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Jim Wright
Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jim Wright, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jim was a great statesman and a personal friend.
May 5, 2015
The Carter Center Encourages Peaceful Election Process in Guyana
Guyana's electoral preparations appear to be on track in most of the country, according to early Carter Center observer reports, which also expressed deep concern about divisive campaign rhetoric.
May 5, 2015
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Urges Long-term Support to Nepal
In the wake of the devastating earthquake and ongoing rescue and recovery operations in Nepal, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calls on the international community to redouble efforts to support Nepal and to develop clear plans for long-term assistance and rebuilding. To ensure the success of these efforts, it will be critical for Nepali political leaders to work closely together and resolve political differences.
May 4, 2015
Carter Center Urges Tunisia's Legislative Assembly to Continue to Support Democratic Transition (En français) (عربي)
After two years of deliberation and negotiation, Tunisia adopted its new constitution in January 2014. Today, The Carter Center released its comprehensive report on the constitution and the deliberative process that culminated in its adoption, as well as recommendations for next steps in its implementation.
April 29, 2015
Carter Center Joins Rotary as Host of World Summit on Ending Sexual Exploitation
On May 11 and 12, The Carter Center will join with Rotarians Against Child Slavery to convene a summit of advocates, nongovernmental organizations, and senior government officials from nine countries to coordinate action to end the sexual exploitation of women and children.
April 16, 2015
Carter Center Launches International Election Observation Mission in Guyana
The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Guyana's May 11 elections at the invitation of the government of Guyana.
April 9, 2015
Carter Center to Host Major U.S.-China Meeting
The Carter Center today announced plans for a major forum May 6 and 7 on China's wide-ranging domestic and international reforms and their implications for U.S.-China relations.
April 2, 2015
Jordan Ryan Named Vice President for Peace Programs at The Carter Center
Jordan Ryan has been named vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center, effective June 1, 2015. Ryan served 24 years with the United Nations in developing countries and post-crisis settings. Most recently, he was assistant administrator of United Nations Development Programme and director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, serving at the assistant secretary-general level.
March 30, 2015
The Carter Center Issues Report and Recommendations on Myanmar's Electoral Process
Myanmar's Union Election Commission is making efforts to improve the transparency and integrity of the electoral process in advance of the 2015 general elections, according to a Carter Center monitoring mission report released today. However, a number of key challenges need to be addressed in order to ensure that the upcoming elections earn the confidence of voters, political parties, and civil society organizations.
March 9, 2015
On International Women's Day, Carter Center Issues Recommendations for Gender Equity in Information Access (En español)
International Women's Day this year highlights the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap for women's rights and equality that was signed by Guatemala and 188 other governments 20 years ago. The declaration underscores the importance of access to information for women in achieving such goals as improved health and economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.
March 5, 2015
New Graduates Bring Number of Trained Mental Health Clinicians in Liberia to 144
The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, congratulates the newest class of 21 clinicians who have joined the effort to continue improving access to mental health services in Liberia. With the addition of these graduates, 144 mental health clinicians are now trained, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care.
March 5, 2015
Photo Exhibit Showcases 'War from the Victims' Perspective'
On March 19, The Carter Presidential Library will debut a new exhibit of photos by acclaimed photographer Jean Mohr called "War from the Victims' Perspective."
Feb. 19, 2015
The Carter Center Encourages Peaceful Elections in Lesotho
In the run-up to Lesotho's national elections on Feb. 28, The Carter Center encourages all political parties and leaders to ensure a peaceful electoral process and respect for the democratic process.
Feb. 18, 2015
Carter Center Finds Guatemalan Women Do Not Enjoy Same Access to Information as Do Men (En español)
Guatemalan women face deep inequities in exercising their fundamental right of access to information, according to a new study from The Carter Center's Global Access to Information Initiative.
Feb. 9, 2015
Martha Finn Brooks Appointed Chair of Carter Center Board of Councilors
Martha Finn Brooks, board director of Bombardier, Jabil and CARE USA, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2015. The board is comprised of 235 members, who serve as a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding among opinion leaders and the broader community of The Carter Center and its activities.
Feb. 5, 2015
Applications Being Accepted for 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2015, and the fellowship recipients will be announced July 10, 2015, on the Center's website.
Feb. 2, 2015
New Report Assesses Transparency of Congolese Mining Sector (En français)
While efforts to ensure transparency in Congo's lucrative mining sector have made some progress in recent years, much more is needed in order to ensure that key information is made available to the public, according to a new report published by three Congolese NGO networks in partnership with the Carter Center.
Jan. 27, 2015
Carter Center Plans Forum on Rights of Women and Girls
On Feb. 9-10, more than 60 scholars, activists, and religious leaders from 20 countries will participate in The Carter Center's Human Rights Defenders Forum. "Beyond Violence: Women Leading for Peaceful Societies" will focus on advancing the rights of women and girls, including the right to peace.
Jan. 22, 2015
Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Kind Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
I offer my condolences and prayers to the Saud family on the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He was a strong leader with great wisdom and vision for the Royal Kingdom, and I will miss his friendship.
Jan. 20, 2015
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Congratulates People of Ghana for Eliminating Guinea Worm Disease
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate Ghana on being certified by the World Health Organization this week as having eliminated Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis), a water-borne parasitic disease poised to be the second human disease in history to be eradicated.
Jan. 12, 2015
Carter Center: 126 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide (En Français-PDF)
The Carter Center announced today that 126 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2014. These provisional numbers, reported by ministries of health in the remaining four endemic nations and compiled by the Center, show that cases of the debilitating disease were reduced by 15 percent in 2014 compared to 148 cases in 2013. When the Center began leading the first international campaign to eradicate a parasitic disease in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases occurring annually in Africa and Asia.
Jan. 12, 2015
Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease on View at the American Museum Of Natural History Beginning January 13
The challenges of eradicating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about enormous social and economic benefits. Opening at the American Museum of Natural History on January 13, Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease explores the factors that determine if a disease is eradicable — meaning that it can be wiped out completely — as well as the scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions.
Jan. 2, 2015
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Mario Cuomo
Rosalynn and I are saddened at the death of our friend Mario Cuomo. Like an earlier governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mario Cuomo gave passionate voice to the deepest convictions and aspirations not only of his party but of the United States of America at its best.