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President Carter: Lack of Universal Healthcare Should Be a 'National Scandal'

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are the inalienable rights at the heart of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. The text is as dear today to the hearts of the American people as it was when Thomas Jefferson first penned his words nearly two and a half centuries ago. Learn More

Opinion: Caregiving Support’s Come a Long Way

Published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thirty years is a long time in the history of caregiving as an issue in our country. The world was a very different place then. We used push-button phones, not cell phones, and had big word processors, not personal computers. There were social clubs, not social media, and people took care of each other because of a sense of familial responsibility. You didn’t hear much about “caregivers,” not because they didn’t exist but because what they were doing was quite common, and it was expected. Learn More

A Sound Mind is a Sound Investment: Rosalynn Carter and Chirlane McCray

The first thing every American needs to understand about mental illness and substance use conditions is that with timely diagnosis and proper treatment, the overwhelming majority of people can recover and lead fulfilling lives. The second thing everyone should know is that we all have a stake in making sure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health care. Learn More

WSJ Op-ed: U.S. Must Stand for Human Rights by Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter op-ed, published by The Wall Street Journal. Learn More

CNN Op-ed: We Must Finish Fight Against Diseases We've Overlooked for Too Long by Mary Ann Peters

The first thing you notice about Jude is his playful spirit and insatiable curiosity. An inquisitive and talented 13-year-old boy in Nigeria, Jude loves going to school, practicing drums and playing soccer with his friends. He dreams of growing up to serve his Learn More

NYT Op-ed: America Must Recognize Palestine by Jimmy Carter

We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Israel and Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration. It has been President Obama’s aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace. Learn More

Our Election System Isn’t Perfect, But Accusations Of ‘Rigging’ Are Baseless

The first election The Carter Center ever observed was rigged. Learn More

Jimmy Carter: A First Step for Syria? Stop the Killing | The New York Times

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter op-ed, published by The New York Times

The announcement this month of a new cease-fire agreement in Syria is good news. But a lack of trust among the Syrian belligerents and their foreign supporters means this agreement, like the one that came before it, is vulnerable to collapse. <a href="/resources/pdfs/news/editorials-speeches/jc-nyt-syria-first-step-stop-killing-arabic.pdf">بالعربية</a> Learn More

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: Stop Segregating Georgia Students with Disabilities

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In this essay, former first lady Rosalynn Carter writes on behalf of the Georgia Coalition for Equity in Education about the U.S. Justice Department’s charge the state is illegally segregating students with disabilities in separate and substandard schools that isolate the children from peers. Learn More

President Carter's Human Rights Defenders Forum Speech: A Time for Peace

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, speech at the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.

President Carter's speech from the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum, hosted at The Carter Center. Learn More

The Prospects for Peace or War in Syria

Conflict Resolution Program Director Hrair Balian, speech at the World Affairs Council

After five years of civil war, is peace in Syria possible? The Carter Center has been working behind the scenes with key players in the conflict and in Syria’s civil society to help pave the way for peace. Balian talks about the situation on the ground and at the negotiating table, about the challenges of reaching peace, and about what others can do to help. Learn More

President Carter Speaks at House of Lords

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture about the effort to eradicate Guinea worm for an audience of British Parliament members at Westminster Palace, London. Learn More

Acceptance by Jimmy Carter: Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero in the Grade of the Grand Cross

I do not think it is necessary for me to say that I am overwhelmed in many ways - with the official reception of this very high award from the government and the people of Panama, but also with the flood of memories that this event brings forward in my heart and mind. This is a glorious day for me, which I will never forget, and I am exceptionally gratified to see so many distinguished Panamanians come for this ceremony. Learn More

Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Nicaragua, Dec 1, 2011

I was in Nicaragua for the November 6, 2011 elections, as I have been for every national election since 1990. Normally I have led an election observation mission for The Carter Center. This year we declined to mount a full observation mission because we believed the conditions were not in place to adequately evaluate the process. Instead, I led a small unofficial delegation to consult with the international observers and local actors on the ground about their views on the electoral process and moving forward. Learn More

International Right to Know Day - Jamaica: September 28, 2004

Good morning, and congratulations on International Right to Know Day. This is the second year in which countries around the world have celebrated the Right to Know. The Right to Know, or more commonly termed the right access to information, has come of age. And Jamaica is leading the way. Learn More

Written Testimony of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging

I am pleased to be here this afternoon and to have this opportunity to speak about caregiving. My interest in the issue goes back to my childhood when I was deeply influenced by how chronic illness affected and shaped my family and by the dedicated and selfless efforts of family caregivers. Learn More

A Project for Haiti: The Eradication of Two Diseases

This letter to the editor of the New York Times by Carter Center Vice President for Health Programs Dr. Donald R. Hopkins was published March 30, 2010, in response to the March 28, 2010 editorial "Making Haiti Whole."

Two projects that the donors conference on Haiti should consider this week are the binational plan that Haiti and the Dominican Republic announced last October to eliminate malaria by 2020, and the plan that Haiti announced simultaneously to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) by 2020 (the Dominican Republic expects to eliminate lymphatic filariasis this year). Learn More

The Global Water Crisis and Guinea Worm Disease

Jimmy Carter

This contribution is part of the 2006 Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Program. Learn More

Equitable Globalization?

The theme of this year's symposium is the Global Economy: Economic Freedom or Corporate Colonialism. As we all know, there is an ongoing process in our world today called globalization, and there is a great debate about its merits and demerits. Learn More

President Carter's Comments at Cuban Biotech Center

It may be that Cuba is unique in having emphasized the health need as a driving force and not just how to make a profit on specific medicines developed. We have also been impressed with the range of cooperation that has been developed between Cuba and other countries on Earth. The results of preventive health care, including vaccinations of children in Cuba is indeed impressive. My hope is that in the future there could be close cooperation between the scientific and medical community in Cuba and that of my own country, the United States. My personal thanks and that of tens of millions of people around the world who have benefited from this research in Cuba I would like personally to emphasize. Learn More

Chavez's Second Chance

Jennifer McCoy is director of the Americas program at The Carter Center and a professor of political science at Georgia State University. Learn More

Village Elections A Sign of Progress

China's first challenge is to standardize procedures and guarantee the secret ballot throughout the country.Reports of China's attempts to influence U.S. elections, imprison political dissidents, harass Taiwan and increase arms spending have led some Americans to perceive China's spectacular economic growth - about 10 percent a year for the last 20 years - as ominous. Learn More

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