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Carter Center Joins Qatar Fund for Development and Sudan Government to Announce Maternal and Child Health Initiative

In a signing ceremony today in Khartoum, Sudan, The Carter Center joined officials from the Qatar Fund for Development, the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health, and other dignitaries, including the ambassador of the state of Qatar to the Republic of Sudan, to mark the beginning of the first phase of a five-year partnership to improve maternal and child health in Sudan. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Kenyan Election Commission to Finalize Posting of Results

Following the release of its Aug. 10 preliminary statement, The Carter Center continues to follow the electoral process in Kenya, including the tallying and public posting of official results and the judicial review of any electoral petitions. Learn More

Carter Center Leaders to Visit Liberia

Carter Center CEO Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is in Liberia from Aug. 15-21 to review Center health and peace programs and discuss program goals and progress with partners in government, civil society, and the international community. Learn More

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the 2017 Kenyan Election

The Carter Center commends the people of Kenya for the remarkable patience and resolve they demonstrated during the Aug. 8 elections for president, governors, senators, the national assembly, women’s representatives, and county assemblies. Learn More

Communique Following the Post-election Meeting of the Heads of International Election Observation Missions to the 2017 General Elections in Kenya

We, the heads of the following international observer missions present in Kenya — African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Commonwealth, East African Community (EAC), European Union (EU), International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center — have agreed that ... Learn More

Communique Issued at the Joint Meeting of Heads of International Observer Missions to the 2017 General Elections in Kenya

We the heads of the following international observer missions present in Kenya — African Union (AU), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Commonwealth, East Africa Community (EAC), European Union (EU), International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center... Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Announces Two New Fellows from the United Arab Emirates

As part of a partnership with the Al Jalila Foundation, The Carter Center announced today two new recipients of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Announces New Fellows from Colombia

The Carter Center and the Universidad de La Sabana, a private accredited university in Colombia, announced today three new recipients of two fellowship slots for Colombia's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Learn More

Carter Center Offers Condolences to Family of Msando; Stresses Need for Security and KIEMS Testing

The Carter Center International Observation Mission in Kenya offers its condolences to the family of Mr. Christopher Msando, ICT manager at Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The Center’s technical experts enjoyed a productive relationship with Mr. Msando and are personally saddened by the loss. Learn More

The Carter Center Expresses Concern about Recent Events in Venezuela

The Carter Center is dismayed by the deplorable events that have taken place in Venezuela in recent days. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Efforts of Kenya’s IEBC and Urges Stakeholders to Remain Vigilant Against Electoral Violence

In a pre-election statement released today, The Carter Center commended Kenya’s Independent Election and Boundaries Commission on its efforts to keep the Aug. 8 election on track despite many challenges. Learn More

Statement from the Biannual Meeting of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

— We, the members of the group of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, committed to the promotion and defense of democratic values, met in Atlanta to discuss the situation in our hemisphere and identify challenges that limit democracy in our region Learn More

The Carter Center Awards Eight 2017-2018 U.S. Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today eight U.S. recipients of the 2017-2018 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 21st annual class brings the total to 189 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date. Learn More

Update on President Carter

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter became dehydrated this morning while working at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Learn More

Statement Issued by Habitat for Humanity Today at Build in Winnipeg, Manitoba

President Carter has been working hard all week. He was dehydrated working in the hot sun and has been taken offsite for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building. Any further updated will come from the Carter Center. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Release of Leopoldo Lopez from Ramo Verde Prison

The release of Leopoldo Lopez from prison to “house arrest” is an important step toward restoring democratic order in Venezuela. However, he is still not free. Changing one prison for another is not freedom. The prolonged arbitrary detention of Lopez and other political prisoners criminalizes the political activities of opposition groups, which is unacceptable in a democratic society. Learn More

Carter Center Weekend Raises more than $3.7 Million

The annual auction at this year’s Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 21-25 near Lake Tahoe, California, brought in more than $2,705,500 — and netted an additional $1,050,000 in restricted donations for its trachoma program. Learn More

Four-Poster Bed Designed by Jimmy Carter among Carter Center Auction Highlights

A mahogany four-poster bed designed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and created by master furniture maker Andrew Reid is among more than 150 items to be auctioned on June 24 to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Proceeds will support the Center's work to advance peace and health across the globe. Learn More

John Kerry and Aminata Touré to Co-Lead Carter Center Delegation to Kenya Election

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former Prime Minister of Senegal Aminata Touré will co-lead the Carter Center’s election observation mission in Kenya. The mission will deploy more than 50 observers throughout the country on election day. Learn More

Carter Center Appoints New Members to Board of Councilors

The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization advancing peace and health worldwide, has appointed 21 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 211. Learn More

Statement from President Carter on the Passing of Gregg Allman

Rosalynn and I were deeply saddened when we learned that Gregg Allman had passed. I met Gregg through Phil Walden of Capricorn Records, which was headquartered in Macon. Learn More

Statement from President Carter on the Passing of Zbigniew Brzezinski

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski.  He was an important part of our lives for more than four decades and was a superb public servant. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Liberians on Passage of the Landmark Mental Health Act to Improve Health and Protect Citizens Living with Mental Health Disorders

The Carter Center congratulates Liberia on the passage of its first law to improve health care for people with mental illnesses and prevent discrimination against them. Learn More

Carter Center Encourages Citizen Participation in Democratic Processes and Electoral Observation in Nicaragua

On May 25, The Carter Center held a forum titled “The Responsibility of Citizens in the Strengthening of Democracy” to discuss the importance of citizen engagement in democratic processes, including domestic electoral observation. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Final Guyana 2015 Election Report

The Carter Center today released its final report on Guyana’s 2015 general and regional elections. The report summarizes the Carter Center’s observation activities and makes recommendations to the Guyanese authorities to improve future elections to help bring them in line with international standards for democratic elections and Guyana’s own legal framework. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Discussion on Coping with Anxiety

The Carter Center is hosting on June 15 a discussion on anxiety disorders with Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow Andrea Petersen and Carter Center Mental Health Program staffer Rebecca Palpant Shimkets. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission in Kenya

At the invitation of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for the country’s Aug. 8 general election. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children’s Issues

New research about the factors associated with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in children aged 2-8 years will be discussed this year during the 22nd annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Learn More

Carter Center Plans Forum Focused on Protecting Human Rights

More than 70 activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 31 countries will come together May 8-9 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss strategies for protecting human rights in the wake of rising authoritarianism. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Myanmar’s 2017 By-Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar for participating in important by-elections on April 1. The Center did not directly observe the elections, but supported the observation efforts of local partner Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOP). Learn More

OFID awards Carter Center $800,000 grant for Blinding Trachoma Elimination in Mali, Niger

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has awarded The Carter Center a grant of US$800,000 to help support an initiative to eliminate blinding trachoma in Mali and Niger. Learn More

Liberia Expands Access to Mental Health Professionals and Services for Children and Adolescents

Twenty-one clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today in Kakata City, Liberia, from a training developed by The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

The Carter Center and European Union Award Liberian Officials FOI Certificates

The Carter Center and European Union have awarded certificates of distinction to nearly 70 Liberian government officials, including officers of the Liberia National Police, at the end of training to build their capacity in implementing the 2010 Freedom of Information Act. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Statement on Liberia’s Voter Registration Process

The Carter Center deployed a delegation of international electoral experts to Liberia to assess the voter registration process and the pre-election environment in advance of general elections anticipated in October 2017, when voters will elect a new president and 73 members of the House of Representatives. Learn More

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Pledges New Support for Trachoma Elimination Programs in Mali and Niger

Efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma as a public health problem in the West African nations of Mali and Niger will receive US$11.725 million in additional support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, to be implemented by The Carter Center, Helen Keller International, and Sightsavers, the organizations announced Wednesday. Learn More

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease | A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Difficult, Sometimes Dangerous Work of Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, The Carter Center, and Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations invite you to learn how museum design, the hunt for global health’s holy grail (eradication), and sheer human determination intersect in a new exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Museum. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease explores the social and scientific innovations that make disease eradication possible. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys Pre-Election Assessment Team to Liberia

Following an invitation from the National Election Commission of Liberia, The Carter Center will deploy a limited mission of international electoral experts to Liberia to assess the voter registration process and the pre-election environment in advance of general elections anticipated in October 2017. Learn More

Carter Center Named Semi-Finalist in MacArthur Competition for $100 Million Grant

Eight bold solutions to critical social problems were named semi-finalists today in 100 and Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from MacArthur. The proposals address challenges ranging from eliminating needless blindness to educating children displaced by conflict, in places from Nigeria to Nepal to the United States. Learn More

The Carter Center and Partners to Present Key Findings from DRC Mining Sector Fiscal Analyses

The Carter Center and its Congolese civil society partners will present key findings from fiscal analyses of five major mining projects in Democratic Republic of Congo at an event that will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Sultani Hotel, 30 Avenue De La Justice. Learn More

Why 1 Billion People In Poor Countries Are Sick With ‘Horror Movie Diseases’

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Over one billion people around the world suffer from neglected tropical diseases, a group of illnesses that tend to strike marginalized communities in the developing world. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for 2017-18 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for eight 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. Learn More

Carter Center Urges DRC, Freeport, and Lundin to Publish Revised TFM Contract and Disclose Payments to DRC State-owned Miner Gécamines

The Carter Center urges the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the contract for the transfer of Congo’s most productive copper mining joint venture, Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), to new investors. Learn More

Carter Center Applauds DRC Political Agreement and Urges All Participants to Resolve Outstanding Issues

The Carter Center commends the participants of the recent talks held under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Congo (CENCO), including representatives of the presidential majority, opposition, and civil society, whose hard work and perseverance resulted in an inclusive political agreement on Dec. 31, 2016. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Tunisia to Ensure Full Legislative Authority for Parliament

The Carter Center commends Tunisia’s parliament, the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP), for its efforts to strengthen legal protections for the fundamental rights provided for in the 2014 Constitution and to establish key constitutionally mandated institutions. While important progress has been made in these areas during the last two years, the Center recommends that the ARP take steps to ensure it has full legislative authorities so that it can fulfill its duties to pass important legislation. Learn More

Mali Reports No Guinea Worm Cases; Disease Remains in Just Three Countries, Carter Center Says

In 2016, only three countries — Chad, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, reported a total of 25 human cases of Guinea worm disease. For the first time, Mali reported none. In 2015, four countries — Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and South Sudan — had reported 22 cases. Learn More

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease on View at The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a multimedia exhibition opening at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum on Jan. 11, 2017, explores the factors that determine whether a disease can be eradicated and the scientific and social innovations that are making it possible. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes New Regulations on Humanitarian Affairs

The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country and looks forward to further discussions with the government and other stakeholders on the specific rollout of the new directives. Learn More

Carter Center Works to Help Bring Peace to Sudan

The Carter Center, the impartial nongovernmental organization led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, held meetings earlier this month with key members of the Sudanese government, civil society, and opposition. Learn More

Carter Center to Meet with Key Sudan Stakeholders to Discuss Peace

The Carter Center, the impartial non-governmental organization founded and led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, plans to hold three meetings in the coming days with a group of international experts and key Sudanese stakeholders to discuss possibilities for peace in Sudan. Learn More

The Carter Center Encourages Greater Civil Society Engagement in Upcoming Human Rights Consultations

The Carter Center commends the decision by the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Authorities, Civil Society and Human Rights to launch public consultations in preparation for the Tunisia’s first periodic report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the passage of the new constitution in 2014. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Fidel Castro

Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. Learn More

Carter Center and European Union Launch Freedom of Information Certificate Program for Liberian Officials

The Carter Center, with financial support from the European Union and other donors, has launched a certificate program to build the capacity of 90 government officials to implement the 2010 Freedom of Information Act. Learn More

Statement From Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

On behalf of the staff of The Carter Center, we extend our congratulations to Bill and Melinda Gates on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Learn More

32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Focuses on Shift Toward Integrated Care and Population Health

More than 140 health and corporate wellness leaders will come together Nov. 17-18 to discuss ways to improve mental health and well-being by addressing behavioral health within defined populations such as communities, organizations, and other groups. Learn More

Carter Center Celebrates Assisting 500 Million Doses against Diseases in 14 Countries

The health programs of The Carter Center have surpassed a major milestone: The organization on Nov. 4 celebrated assisting with the distribution of 500 million doses of donated medication to combat five neglected tropical diseases in 14 countries in Africa and Latin America. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Integrity of U.S. Elections

Recent claims about rigging of U.S. elections are unfounded and irresponsible. Based on our knowledge of the electoral system in the United States and of the many independent analyses of U.S. polling processes, The Carter Center has great confidence in the overall administrative integrity of U.S. elections. Checks and balances within our electoral system exist to protect it against manipulation. These include processes and checks before and after election day to ensure the integrity of the election process, such as pre-election testing of voting technology and postelection audits that take place in some states; the widespread presence of agents from both parties in polling stations; and the broad access to election results given to the media and the public, enabling transparent reviews of the election results. The American electoral process also benefits from the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of poll workers and election officials, who represent both parties and ensure the integrity of the voting and counting process. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates President Juan Manuel Santos on Nobel Peace Prize

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos on receiving the 2016 Nobel Prize for Peace. The peace prize is a testament to the unfaltering commitment of President Santos to bring a 52-year conflict to an end in Colombia. Learn More

Carter Center Refutes Allegations in Al Akhbar Article

An article published in Al Akhbar, a Moroccan newspaper, on Sept. 21, makes false allegations against Moroccan preacher Oustada Naima Ben Yaich, who was a participant in a Carter Center workshop earlier in the month. The Carter Center strongly refutes the false allegations in the article entitled, “The preacher Ben Yaich incites international jurists against Moroccan Security Services in a Countering Daesh workshop in Switzerland.” Learn More

Carter Center Launches Effort to Spur Elimination of Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

ATLANTA…The Carter Center, in partnership with Haiti and the Dominican Republic, announced today a one-year initiative to try to accelerate elimination of malaria and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) from the island of Hispaniola, which the countries share. Learn More

Guatemala Becomes Fourth Nation in Americas to Eliminate River Blindness

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Jimmy Morales and the people of Guatemala for eliminating onchocerciasis (river blindness) in the nation, as verified recently by the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Improvements in Electoral Legislation, and for Municipal and Regional Elections

The Carter Center urges the Assembly of the Representatives of the People to move quickly to adopt key amendments to the draft electoral law so that municipal and regional elections can be held as soon as possible. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Colombia Peace Accord

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Colombia on this historic day, which opens the door to peace after a 50-year civil war. Learn More

Carter Center Expresses Deep Concern about Zambia’s 2016 Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions

The Carter Center is deeply concerned about key aspects of the 2016 Zambian electoral process in both the pre- and post-electoral period, especially the failure of Zambia’s institutions to provide a level playing field prior to election day and adequate due process to ensure a fair hearing and effective remedy for electoral petitions filed following the polls. Unfortunately, this represents a significant step backward for Zambia. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Welcomes Middle Eastern Journalists

For the first time, journalists from Middle Eastern countries will participate in the annual meeting of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program held at The Carter Center each year. Fellows from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar join the 20th class of fellows in a journalism program which aims to reduce the stigma of those living with mental health conditions. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Palestine Elections Postponement

The Carter Center hopes that today’s decision by the Palestinian High Court of Justice to postpone municipal elections in Gaza and the West Bank will not result in a long delay or the cancelling of these elections. Learn More

Carter, Almagro Meet to Discuss Democracy and Human Rights in Western Hemisphere

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro met in Plains, Georgia, Thursday to exchange ideas on matters relating to democracy and human rights in the region. Learn More

Uganda Announces Milestone in River Blindness Elimination Goal

Uganda has successfully freed 821,230 people, the largest number to be freed from river blindness globally based on the latest WHO guidelines. This has expedited the process of achieving its goal of eliminating river blindness (onchocerciasis) nationwide by 2020. At its peak, the vector-transmitted parasitic worm caused eye and skin disease in 37 districts in Uganda, with about 6.7 million people at risk. Learn More

Children and Adolescents to Receive Additional Tailored Mental Health Services in Liberia

The Carter Center has partnered with the UBS Optimus Foundation to improve the well-being of vulnerable youth in Liberia by tailoring and strengthening the national mental health care system to address the unique needs of children and adolescents. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Colombia on Historic Peace Accord

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Colombia on the historic agreement announced today that will bring an end to a 50-year civil war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). Learn More

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