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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

Carter Center and Manusher Jonno Foundation Release Recommendations on Improving Gender Equity in Access to Information in Bangladesh

Women in Bangladesh cannot access government information as easily as can men, according to a new study conducted by The Carter Center in collaboration with the Manusher Jonno Foundation, and with the support of the Information Commission of Bangladesh. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Final Election Report from Myanmar

The Carter Center today released the final report of its assessment of the Nov. 8, 2015, general elections in Myanmar. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Preliminary Election Statement from Zambia

The Carter Center expresses concerns regarding pre-election environment and urges patience while results come in. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Webpage on Election Observation in the United States

The Carter Center, with partners at the National Conference of State Legislatures, today launched a webpage on election observation in the United States. The page houses research that examines access and current regulations for election observers in each of the 50 states, including a state-by-state breakdown of access and accreditation for different types of observers. Learn More

Documentary Screening “Requiem for a Running Back” at The Carter Center

The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program invites the media to a screening of the documentary “Requiem for a Running Back,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the issues and stigma associated with the disease and the toll it takes on caregivers. Learn More

Carter Center Helps Liberia Provide Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Services

Twenty-one 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 the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

Carter Center Convenes the Africa-China-United States Consultation for Peace in Lome, Togo

The Carter Center convened its third Africa-China-United States Consultation for Peace and Development in Lome, Togo on July 27-28, 2016 Learn More

The Carter Center and Noor Dubai Foundation Announce New Partnership to Accelerate Elimination of Blinding Trachoma in Ethiopia

The Carter Center and Noor Dubai Foundation have announced a new four-year partnership to accelerate efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma in Ethiopia by 2020. Ethiopia has the highest known burden of trachoma in the world, with an estimated minimum of 67 million Ethiopians at risk of disease. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Limited Election Mission to Zambia

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Carter Center has launched a limited international election observation mission for Zambia’s Aug. 11 elections and national referendum on the Bill of Rights. Learn More

President Carter Receives Lui Che Woo Prize for Positive Energy

President Carter was awarded the Lui Che Woo Prize for Positive Energy for all the good work that he and The Carter Center have done, which has contributed significantly to the promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy in the world. Learn More

Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter Statement on California Referendum on Death Penalty

We strongly support the "Justice That Works Act" that will appear on the November ballot in the state of California. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Assessment of Liberia’s Pre-Election Environment

In advance of 2017’s key national elections, The Carter Center today released an assessment of the pre-election environment that includes recommendations to help Liberia continue to strengthen its democracy. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 20th annual class of fellows includes eight from the United States. Two fellowships also were awarded to journalists from Colombia. Learn More

Carter Center Pre-Election Assessment Team Headed to Liberia

A Carter Center pre-election assessment team will travel to Liberia next week, following up an earlier visit in April. The team will evaluate the pre-election environment and status of technical preparations in advance of legislative elections scheduled for October 2017. Learn More

UAE Previews ‘Countdown to Zero’ Exhibition

HE Dr. Maha Barakat, Director General of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi and HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, inaugurated a preview of the exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease at Yas Mall on Monday. Learn More

Carter Center Auction Raises more than $3.7 Million

The annual auction at this year’s Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 22-26 in Annapolis, Maryland, brought in a record-setting $3,724,000 — more than twice the amount raised at any previous auction. Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Expands to Qatar

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) global healthcare community initiative to develop and implement a Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF) program in Qatar. The RCJF Qatar program will be the second mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East. The first one began in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in May 2016. Learn More

Statement of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter on the Situation in Venezuela (June 2016)

We the undersigned members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, committed to the promotion and defense of democratic values, have been carefully following the severe crisis in Venezuela. We reiterate our support for the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General’s efforts and the convening of the extraordinary meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on June 23, 2016, for the consideration of the report of the Secretary General on Venezuela. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on its Limited Election Observation Mission in the Philippines

The Carter Center today issued its findings from a limited election observation mission to the Philippines May 9 general elections. Learn More

Handcrafted Farm Table, Oil Painting by Former President To Be Auctioned To Benefit The Carter Center

A farm table with six chairs handcrafted at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in Plains, Georgia, last summer by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other artists is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 25 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. Learn More

Musical Performances among Highlights of Human Rights Defenders Forum

The 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum will include the debuts of a musical composition and a music video, both designed to promote peace and understanding. 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 22 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 205. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Updated Working Paper on Syria's Transition Constitutional Options

The Carter Center has been engaged in promoting an end to fighting and a political transition in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. The Center has facilitated a series of workshops examining governance options for the 18-month transition called for by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and constitutional changes necessary to support the resolution's call for an "inclusive transitional governing body with full executive powers." Learn More

Statement on Daniel Ortega's Decision Not to Invite International Observers to Nicaragua Elections

ATLANTA — President Daniel Ortega has closed the door to international observation of national elections to be held on November 6, 2016, despite the clamor for observation by a majority of the Nicaraguan people. Learn More

Carter Center Plans Human Rights Defenders Forum Focused on Peace

More than 60 activists, scholars and community leaders will come together June 18-21 to discuss ways to end violence in all its forms during the Carter Center's annual Human Rights Defenders Forum, "A Time for Peace: Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights." Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

ATLANTA — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States, announced Monday that a grave financial crisis has led to the suspension of site visits and cancellation of hearings scheduled for July and October, and the imminent loss of 40 percent of its staff. To avert this dire situation, the IACHR needs to receive funds, or at least written commitments for contributions, before June 15. Learn More

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