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2022 Press Releases

Carter Center Condemns the Bombing of the Gaza Strip; Calls for Implementation of Ceasefire

The Carter Center is alarmed by recent developments in and around Gaza that resulted in the death of some 46 Palestinians, including at least 16 children, in the latest escalation of violence over the past weekend. Learn more »

Center-led Guinea Worm Eradication Program Wins Prestigious Prize from Government of Japan

The Guinea Worm Eradication Program, led by The Carter Center, has been chosen to receive the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in the medical services category, the government of Japan announced Wednesday in Tokyo. The prize recognizes the program’s efforts to make Guinea worm disease the first human disease to be eradicated since smallpox in 1980. Learn more »

Carter Center Deploys Team of Election Experts to Kenya

The Carter Center today deployed a four-person election expert mission to Nairobi to assess key issues regarding the use and perception of election technology in Kenya’s 2022 presidential election. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Executions in Myanmar

The Carter Center condemns the executions carried out today by the State Administration Council in Myanmar. The resumption of the death penalty in Myanmar after a moratorium of decades is a sad and unnecessary step back. The Carter Center expresses its condolences to the families of the four men who were executed and compassion for all those suffering as the result of the military coup d’état. Learn more »

Carter Center Recommends Electoral Reform to Colombian Congress

The Carter Center today released a report from its electoral expert mission to Colombia’s 2022 presidential election. It includes recommendations for improving future electoral processes, with a particular emphasis on reforming electoral administration and campaign financing. Learn more »

News Brief | Center Starts India Policy Initiative

The Carter Center is establishing I-Policy, an initiative to educate U.S. policymakers on issues related to democracy and human rights in India. Learn more »

The Carter Center Awards 9 U.S. Journalists Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center is pleased to announce nine U.S. recipients of the 2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. The group includes freelancers, staff reporters, a Georgia journalist, and the third annual awardee of the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism, in partnership with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on President Biden’s Visit to Israel and Palestine

As President Biden prepares for his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories later this week, The Carter Center calls on him to make human rights a central theme of his meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on the Assassination of Shinzo Abe

The Carter Center condemns the assassination of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Political violence is never acceptable, and it is especially shocking in a country as peaceful and free of gun violence as Japan. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Internet Shutdown in Sudan

On June 30 at approximately 7:45 a.m., access to internet and mobile communications was cut in Sudan. This communications blackout comes as Sudanese citizens engage in demonstrations in support of democracy. Learn more »

Mali Independent Observer: An Unprecedented Impasse in Implementation Amid Controversy Over Revising Peace Agreement

The Carter Center, which serves as the Independent Observer of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement, today released a report describing the current, unprecedented impasse in the implementation process. Learn more »

Statement from The Carter Center on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

The Carter Center is deeply disappointed with today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade, which puts women’s health at risk by denying them the right to make their own health-care decisions. Learn more »

Colombia’s Presidential Elections Ended Successfully, but Proved the Need for Reform

Colombia’s recent presidential elections (first round on May 29 and runoff on June 19) were conducted in an orderly fashion, and the results of the final round were accepted quickly by both candidates, a Carter Center election expert mission concluded. Nevertheless, the Center has several preliminary recommendations to improve Colombia’s electoral system. Learn more »

World Refugee Day Blog Co-authored by Center Staffers Highlights Efforts in Sudan to Deliver Trachoma Interventions to Refugees

ICTI Blog Co-authored by Center Staffers Highlights Efforts in Sudan to Deliver Trachoma Interventions to Refugees Learn more »

Carter Center Weekend Raises More than $4.4 Million

The 2022 Carter Center Weekend raised $4,418,851 in donations and auction sales to support the Center’s work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope worldwide. Events for the annual fundraiser, held June 15-19 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, included live, silent, and online auctions, as well as a town hall with Carter Center senior leadership, presentations by Center staff, and a variety of social events. Learn more »

Carter Center Weekend to Feature Live, Silent, and Online Auctions

After two years as a virtual event, the Carter Center Weekend retreat for major supporters will be live and in person this week. The event is being held Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-19, in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Learn more »

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Complicates the Situation in Syria

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has had obvious effects on Ukraine and Eastern Europe, but its current and potential destabilizing effects in Syria are not receiving the attention they desperately need. Learn more »

Carter Center Co-sponsored Event | Safeguarding Democracy in the Americas: How to Strengthen the Inter-American Democratic Charter (Wednesday, June 8 at 12:30 ET)

Carter Center Co-sponsored Event | Safeguarding Democracy in the Americas: How to Strengthen the Inter-American Democratic Charter (Wednesday, June 8 at 12:30 ET) Learn more »

Upcoming Event | The Changing Climate On Violence Against Women (June 2, 2022)

Join us and Every Woman Treaty on Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m. ET US (UTC -4) for a live discussion about environmental disaster and its catastrophic consequences for women and girls. Learn more »

Carter Center Sends Team of Experts to Assess Key Aspects of Colombia Presidential Election

The Carter Center is deploying an international electoral expert mission to Bogota today to assess important aspects of the presidential election in Colombia. Learn more »

Jason Carter and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Op-ed: This Is How We Finish off Guinea Worm

In the past 200 years, humankind has made incredible progress against many threats to health: vaccines, medicines and other innovations have saved millions of lives from feared killers, from malaria to cancer. But only one human disease – smallpox – has ever been eradicated. Less noticed by the rest of the world, we stand on the threshold of consigning another disease to the history books: Guinea worm. Learn more »

26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum May 18-19

The Carter Center will convene its 26th Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 18-19, 2022. This free virtual event explores pressing mental health issues in Georgia and the country. (See below for agenda and viewing information.) Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Rosalynn and I are saddened to learn of the death of our friend Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Learn more »

The Carter Center Condemns the Killing of Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Calls for an Independent Investigation

The Carter Center condemns the killing of Al Jazeera news correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American, and calls for an independent investigation into the incident. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA) established more National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and Wilderness Areas than any in history and has been called our country’s most significant conservation law. It was my honor to work with Congress and citizens throughout our great nation on the passage of ANILCA. Learn more »

Jason Carter and C.D. Glin Lead Delegation to Mali to Advocate for Peace Agreement Implementation

Jason Carter, chairman of The Carter Center Board of Trustees, and C.D. Glin, Global Head of Philanthropy for PepsiCo and a Carter Center board member, led a delegation this week to Bamako, where they met with leaders tasked with implementing Mali’s 2015 peace agreement. Learn more »

Carter Center Deploys Election Expert Mission to Philippines

The Carter Center is deploying an international electoral expert mission to Manila to assess important aspects of the May 9 general elections in the Philippines. Learn more »

Carter Center Municipal Elections Report Offers Recommendations, Urges Third Phase in Gaza

The Carter Center today released the final report from its international election expert mission to Palestine’s 2022 local council elections. The Center’s election expert mission was limited in size and scope, focusing its assessment on three sets of issues: the legal and administrative framework for the elections; the degree of political engagement, competition, and respect for participatory rights; and the implications of the municipal elections for future elections in Palestine. The team did not conduct a thorough assessment of election-day voting and counting processes, nor of the electoral process as a whole.  Learn more »

Blog | With New Law, 2022 is the Year for Mental Health in Georgia

By Eve H. Byrd, Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program

During the 2022 state legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly voted unanimously to pass the Mental Health Parity Act, ensuring that the state will enforce parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care for the first time. Learn more »

Carter Center: Palestinian Municipal Elections Well-Administered, Steps Urgently Needed to Facilitate National Polls

Palestinians living in large cities in the West Bank went to the polls on March 26 in a peaceful and well-administered exercise to elect municipal councils. A Carter Center election expert mission found that virtually all the major cities in the West Bank experienced competitive electoral contests, notwithstanding a formal boycott by Hamas and a highly challenging political and electoral environment, marked by frequent human rights violations, including intimidation and harassment of political actors. Learn more »

Blog | New Report Spotlights Need to Rid Syria of Dangerous Unexploded Weapons

By Hampton Stall, Senior Program Associate, The Carter Center

After the Mozambique civil war ended in 1992, demining experts needed 23 years to clear the 86,000 unexploded weapons left behind. A just-released Carter Center report suggests that there could be more than three times that amount of unexploded ordnance in Syria, where demining efforts have yet to begin. Learn more »

Carter Center Appoints Mary S. Moore as Board of Councilors Chair

Mary S. Moore, SVP operations & omnichannel buyer engagement, Juniper by IMC, and founder and owner of The Cook's Warehouse, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2022. The board comprises 215 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. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Ukrainian Refugees

Rosalynn and I applaud President Biden’s decision to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Madeleine Albright

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Secretary Madeleine Albright. Learn more »

Nations Pledge to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

High-ranking representatives of several countries pledged this week to devote all resources needed to interrupt transmission of Guinea worm disease and certify its eradication by 2030. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Former Zambia President Rupiah Bwezani Banda

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda. Learn more »

The Carter Center Announces New Initiative on Democracy in India

The Carter Center is establishing I-Policy (India Policy), an initiative to educate U.S. policymakers on issues related to democracy and human rights in India. Learn more »

Statement from Former President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Dick Blum

“Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend Dick Blum. Dick dedicated much of his life and personal resources to improving the lives of the less fortunate around the world. The Carter Center has been blessed to be one of the recipients of his goodwill and generosity. We send our love to Dianne and their family, and we will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time.” Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Ukraine

Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine using military and cyber weapons violates international law and the fundamental human rights of the Ukrainian people. I condemn this unjust assault on the sovereignty of Ukraine that threatens security in Europe and the entire world, and I call on President Putin to halt all military action and restore peace. The United States and its allies must stand with the people of Ukraine in support of their right to peace, security, and self-determination. Learn more »

Carter Center Condemns Russian Aggression in Ukraine

The Carter Center condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops into the sovereign nation of Ukraine, a clear violation of international law and the human rights of the Ukrainian people. We call on Russia to immediately withdraw its forces and engage with Ukraine’s leaders and the international community to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Learn more »

TUNE IN: Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. ET for 'Palestinian Civil Society Under Threat' Live Event

The Carter Center and The Elders invite you to join a live conversation focusing international attention on the continued impact of Israel’s terrorist designation of six Palestinian civil society organizations and the need for this decision to be reversed. Learn more »

The Carter Center Launches Multistate Newsroom Collaborative to Enhance Mental Health Care Coverage

In the face of the growing national mental health crisis, The Carter Center announces the launch of the Mental Health Parity Collaborative, a new multistate newsroom partnership focused on exploring access to and inequities in mental health care in the U.S. Learn more »

Applications Open for 2022-23 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center is pleased to announce that applications for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents are now being accepted for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected fellows will join a top-notch cohort of more than 225 fellows awarded over the past two decades. Learn more »

Landmarks to Light Up on Jan. 30 for Disease Awareness

The third annual World NTD Day is Jan. 30, 2022, highlighting the global commitment to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalized communities. On Sunday, more than 100 landmarks in over 30 nations will light up to celebrate progress and ensure NTDs remain a global priority. Learn more »

World Records Fewest Guinea Worm Cases in History of Eradication Campaign

The Carter Center announced Wednesday the lowest annual case total ever recorded, and the cases occurred in just four countries. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program in 1986, about 3.5 million human cases occurred annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Learn more »

Carter Center Expands its Global Inform Women, Transform Lives Campaign to 12 New Cities

The Carter Center has selected 12 cities around the world to participate in the second year of its Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign, a global effort to ensure that women can seek and receive beneficial information from their local governments and thrive in their communities. Learn more »

Carter Center Names Matthew De Galan Vice President of Communications

Matthew De Galan, whose global communications background spans leadership positions at CARE, Mercy Corps, the Nike Foundation, and the U.N. Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, has been named vice president of communications at The Carter Center. Learn more »

Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy (New York Times)

One year ago, a violent mob, guided by unscrupulous politicians, stormed the Capitol and almost succeeded in preventing the democratic transfer of power. All four of us former presidents condemned their actions and affirmed the legitimacy of the 2020 election. There followed a brief hope that the insurrection would shock the nation into addressing the toxic polarization that threatens our democracy. Learn more »

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