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In Final Liberia Election Report, Carter Center Urges Election Reform

The Carter Center today released the final report from its observation mission of Liberia’s 2017 elections, outlining key findings and offering recommendations for reform to strengthen Liberia’s electoral process. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience. Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility. We again extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bush family. Learn More

Carter Center Unveils Report on Youth and Women’s Political Participation in Kenya

The Carter Center today released its Youth and Women’s Consultations on Political Participation in Kenya report, which outlines key challenges women and youth face when trying to participate in politics and offers detailed recommendations for strengthening their political engagement in future elections. Learn More

Joint Letter in Support of the Report by OHCHR Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, support the acknowledgement by the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly of the OHCHR Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Report (A/73/301) on Violence Against Women in Politics. The report sends a vital message that violence against women in politics (VAWP) contributes to the underrepresentation and political disempowerment of women worldwide. We urge all member states to make concrete and accountable commitments to pursuing the recommendations of the report. Learn More

Carter Center Leader to Visit Sudan

Carter Center Chief Executive Officer Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters will visit Sudan Nov. 18 and 19 to explore ways The Carter Center can contribute to durable peace and advance efforts to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases, particularly river blindness and trachoma. Learn More

The Carter Center Expands Mental Health Journalism Training in Qatar

The Carter Center has partnered with The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, to announce an expansion of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program started with WISH in Qatar in 2016. Learn More

Carter Center Calls on Tunisia’s Authorities to Finalize Creation of Constitutional Court and to Elect Independent Members

The sustainability of democracy depends, in large part, on the establishment of institutions to protect Tunisians’ constitutional rights and freedoms, including independent constitutional authorities and a Constitutional Court. Learn More

Mental Illness Will Cost the World $16 USD Trillion by 2030 According to New Lancet Report

A new Lancet Commission report on mental health released today said that mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. The economic cost is primarily due to early onset of mental illness and lost productivity, with an estimated 12 billion working days lost due to mental illness every year. Learn More

Liberia’s Emerging Mental Health System Gains Ground With Latest Class of Graduating Clinicians

Nineteen clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today at Monrovia City Hall in 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 Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

Georgia Among 32 States to Get A Failing Grade on Report Cards Scoring Statutes to Mental Health and Addiction Treatment 10 Years After Federal Parity Law

Thirty-two states, including Georgia, get a failing grade for statutes designed to ensure equal access to mental health and addiction treatment, according to a report being issued today on the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Learn More

New Project Aims to Increase Freedom of Information in Liberia

As part of the celebration of International Right to Know Day, The Carter Center, with support from the European Union, will launch a new one-year project, “Increasing Transparency in the Public Sector through Freedom-of-Information Training.” Learn More

In Final Kenya Election Report, Carter Center Urges Momentum on Electoral Reform, Transparent Technology

The Carter Center released its final comprehensive Kenya 2017 election observation report today, which outlines its key findings and offers recommendations for reform to strengthen Kenya’s electoral processes, including new annexes that lay out the Center’s findings on women’s participation and on the use of information and communications technology in elections. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Senator McCain

John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Princeton Lyman

Rosalynn and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Princeton Lyman. He deftly represented the United States as an ambassador to Nigeria and later to South Africa at critical points in both the history of those nations and in U.S.-Africa relations. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Kofi Annan

Rosalynn and I are deeply grieved by the loss of Kofi Annan, and we extend our condolences to his wife Nane and to the other members of his family. Kofi was a cherished personal friend and an inspiration to all who knew him. 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 for the two fellowship slots for Colombia's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Learn More

Carter Center Condemns Violence in Zimbabwe; Calls for Responsible Leadership, Peaceful Participation, and Transparency

The Carter Center expresses grave concern about post-election tensions and the violent clashes that occurred today between armed security forces and protestors in Harare, which resulted in multiple casualties. Learn More

Final Statement of the Human Rights Defenders Forum

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined human rights defenders from 36 countries gathered at The Carter Center in calling for citizens and governments to work urgently to address the unequal treatment of people worldwide based on their race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, or social and economic status. Learn More

Carter Center Plans Forum Focused on Protecting Human Rights

More than 60 activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 36 countries will come together July 21-24 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” Learn More

The Carter Center Awards Eight 2018-2019 U.S. Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today eight U.S. recipients of the 2018-2019 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 22nd annual class brings the total to 197 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date. (See below for a list of journalist names and project topics.) Learn More

Carter Center Auction Raises $4.2 million

The nonprofit Carter Center raised $3,524,890 at its annual Carter Center Weekend Auction on June 30, held this year at Skamania Lodge in Washington state. All proceeds will benefit the Center’s ongoing efforts to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. In addition to the auction totals, $600,000 was raised at the event for the Carter Center Mental Health Program and $75,000 for the Access to Information Program, bringing the grand total of the weekend to $4.2 million dollars raised. Learn More

Presidential Memorabilia to be Auctioned to Benefit The Carter Center

A lock of President John F. Kennedy’s hair, an original oil painting by President Jimmy Carter, a photograph of five U.S. presidents signed by each, and other presidential memorabilia are just a few of the items to be auctioned on June 30 to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Proceeds will support the Center’s work to advance peace and health across the globe. President Carter and his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, will join invited friends and supporters for the auction and other activities during a five-day retreat June 27 – July 1 at the Skamania Lodge in Washington state. Learn More

Statement from Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on Separation of Parents and Children at Mexico Border

When I was first lady, I worked to call attention to the plight of refugees fleeing Cambodia for Thailand. I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control. The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents’ care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Ghana for Triumph over Trachoma

The Carter Center congratulates its longtime partner Ghana, which has become the first sub-Saharan African country to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating the eye disease trachoma as a public health problem. Learn More

Carter Center Condemns the Continued Violence in Nicaragua

The Carter Center strongly condemns the violent retaliation and excessive use of force against demonstrators in Nicaragua, and calls on the government to cease all acts of violence and repression and to dismantle para-police groups and riot squads. 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 20 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 216. Learn More

Mali Independent Observer Releases First Report

The Carter Center, which is serving as Independent Observer of the implementation of the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, released its first report today, saying that despite slow progress the signatories remain committed to the agreement. Learn More

The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Call on Venezuelan Government to Restore Constitutional Order

The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter express alarm at the breakdown of the constitutional order in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which has had devastating effects on the Venezuelan people and their human rights. Learn More

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

New CDC research into children’s mental health services and policies will be unveiled during the 23nd annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Learn More

The Carter Center Condemns the Violent Repression of Demonstrations in Nicaragua

The Carter Center repudiates the violent events that occurred during demonstrations protesting reforms to the social security law in Nicaragua. We lament the injuries and loss of life and strongly condemn the disproportionate use of public force. Equally concerning were the obstacles to the media’s ability to report on these events, including attacks on journalists and seizure of equipment. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Barbara Bush. She touched the hearts of millions with her warmth, generosity, and keen wit. The matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation’s progress. Through her own work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She will be missed. Learn More

Liberia Ramps Up Resources to Improve Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

Nineteen clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today in Monrovia, 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 Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Expert Mission Report on Sierra Leone’s March 7 Elections

A Carter Center report issued today by its expert electoral mission for the March 7 general elections in Sierra Leone urges the two main parties to support a peaceful and genuine process for the runoff scheduled for March 27. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Zell Miller

Zell Miller left an indelible mark on the history of Georgia. He was one of Georgia’s longest serving public servants and left our state with a legacy that is highlighted by the Hope Scholarships that provide an education for our young students. Learn More

South Sudan Stops Transmission of Guinea Worm Disease

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has succeeded in interrupting transmission of Guinea worm disease, the country’s minister of health announced Wednesday at The Carter Center. As of the end of February 2018, South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has recorded zero cases of Guinea worm disease for 15 consecutive months. Because the Guinea worm life cycle is about a year, a 15-month absence of cases indicates the interruption of transmission. Learn More

Two States in Nigeria Interrupt Transmission of River Blindness

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health has interrupted transmission of river blindness in two large states and as a result will stop mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin (Mectizan®) in 2018. Learn More

The Carter Center, MAP International and Liberia Ministry of Health Team Up to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Liberia

The Carter Center, MAP International, and the Liberian Ministry of Health have formed a new partnership to combat a growing mental health crisis in Liberia. Learn More

Carter Center Presents Final Report on Kenya’s 2017 Elections

The Carter Center released its final election report today, presenting its comprehensive findings from Kenya’s 2017 electoral period and offering recommendations to help strengthen Kenya’s future electoral processes. Learn More

Communique Issued at the Pre-Election Meeting of Heads of International Observer Missions to the March 7, 2018, Elections in Sierra Leone

The following international election observation missions (IEOMs) present in Sierra Leone: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), The Commonwealth, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), European Union (EU), and The Carter Center (TCC). Learn More

Carter Center Deploys Expert Mission to Assess Sierra Leone’s Election Process

The Carter Center has deployed a team of electoral experts to assess the process surrounding Sierra Leone’s March 7 presidential, parliamentary, and local elections. Learn More

Statement from Former U. S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Rev. Billy Graham

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of The Reverend Billy Graham. Tirelessly spreading a message of fellowship and hope, he shaped the spiritual lives of tens of millions of people worldwide. Broad-minded, forgiving, and humble in his treatment of others, he exemplified the life of Jesus Christ by constantly reaching out for opportunities to serve. Learn More

Sudan’s Health Professionals and Science Institutions Receive Critical Equipment and Supplies Needed to Advance Maternal and Child Health Education Programs

In a ceremony today in Khartoum, Sudan, The Carter Center joined officials from the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health and other dignitaries to distribute critical supplies, textbooks, and equipment as part of a five-year partnership to improve the country’s maternal and child health education program efforts. Learn More

Statement from The Carter Center on Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter had successful surgery Sunday, Feb. 18, to remove troubling scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine caused by removal of a cyst many years ago. She will remain a few days at Emory University Hospital for rest and recovery. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for the Adoption of Local Government Code and Related Legal Texts in Advance of Polls

The Tunisian Revolution was triggered by disadvantaged populations who demanded a development strategy that was just and sustainable, which would redress unequal development among Tunisia’s regions. Learn More

Applications Open for 2018-19 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. citizens and 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 and substance use conditions and reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with these illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and the fellowship recipients will be announced Wednesday, July 11, 2018, on the Center's website, The 2018-2019 fellowship year begins in September 2018. Learn More

Announcement for 2017 Guinea Worm Disease Case Totals

The Carter Center, together with its partners, recognizes continued progress in the global Guinea worm eradication campaign. In 2017, there were only 20 villages with cases of Guinea worm disease in two countries, both in Africa, compared to 23,735 villages in 21 countries on two continents in 1991. Learn More

Conversations at The Carter Center: Tickets Available Now for 'Protecting Mental Health'

In recent decades, the United States has made great strides in ensuring that those who experience mental illness and substance use disorders have access to affordable treatment services. However, changing health care priorities are jeopardizing some of those gains. Come hear about ways to protect and advance policies that support access to this essential aspect of health care. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Effort as Independent Observer of Mali Peace Agreement

The Carter Center today announced that it has chosen former U.S. Ambassador Bisa Williams to spearhead its efforts as the official independent observer of Mali’s 2015 Peace Agreement. Learn More

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