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2020 Press Releases

TUNE IN May 29: Carter Center Forum to Host Rountable Discussion on Native American Participation in 2020 Elections

TUNE IN May 29: Carter Center Forum to Host Rountable Discussion on Native American Participation in 2020 Elections . Learn More

Carter Center Disappointed Not to Be Able to Return to Guyana

The Carter Center is deeply disappointed by the government of Guyana’s decision not to approve its recent requests to allow two accredited international observers to return to Guyana to observe the ongoing recount and the remainder of Guyana’s electoral process. Learn More

Media Advisory: Carter Center and Atlanta Press Club Present 'Will the Pandemic Reduce Mental Health Stigma?'

During the pandemic, mental health has been more openly discussed than at any time in recent memory. The media, health experts, members of the entertainment industry, and families are sharing tips to help each other cope with stress and anxiety caused by the outbreak. Journalists and experts will discuss whether this could be a tipping point for reducing the stigma that typically surrounds mental health discussions. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Voting by Mail for 2020 U.S. Elections

The United States faces a series of critical challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including serious impediments to holding safe, secure, and inclusive elections in November. Many voters across the U.S. are likely to find themselves in areas where the pandemic has not abated and where the health risks involved in going to polling locations will be unacceptably high. Learn More

Carter Center Observer Not Able to Travel to Guyana Monday

The Carter Center’s accredited observation mission remains committed to providing an independent observation of Guyana's electoral process, including the upcoming recount. The Center deployed an observer to Miami who was prepared to travel to Georgetown today, but unfortunately, his flight was denied approval to carry international election observers. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

I am distressed by the decision to withhold critically needed U. S. funding for the World Health Organization, especially during an international pandemic. WHO is the only international organization capable of leading the effort to control this virus. Learn More

Mali Independent Observer: Redistricting and Redeploying New Army Units Are Key Challenges to Successful Implementation

The Carter Center, which serves as the Independent Observer of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement, today released a new report describing two persistent obstacles to the implementation of the agreement: the delay of electoral and administrative redistricting and continued problems preventing full redeployment of integrated army units. Learn More

Carter Center Mission Departs Guyana but Remains Committed to Observing the Electoral Process and to Supporting Constitutional Reform

After careful consideration, The Carter Center has withdrawn its electoral experts and international observers from Guyana. The Center remains committed to promoting democracy and constitutional reform in Guyana and is willing to return when the electoral process resumes, assuming international travel is feasible. Learn More

Joint Statement from International Observers in Guyana

The international observer missions from the Commonwealth, the European Union, and The Carter Center issue the following statement: Learn More

Applications Open for 2020-2021 Latin American Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana in Colombia, in association with the Gabo Foundation, are now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America. Learn More

Applications Open for UAE’s 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Carter Center announces that applications are now open for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in the UAE. Learn More

Joint Statement from International Observers in Guyana

The international observer missions from the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and The Carter Center issue the following statement. Learn More

Statement from President Carter on Induction of Jason Carter Into Lions Clubs International

Rosalynn and I are proud that our grandson, Jason Carter, will be inducted as a member of Lions Clubs International. As Lions Clubs International celebrates the 42nd Annual Lions Day with the United Nations under the theme "Peace and International Understanding," our shared commitment to peace and service is more important now than ever. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Region 4 Election Results

The Carter Center is deeply concerned about the events that took place today at the Office of the Returning Officer for Region 4 and the decision to announce results that had not been verified. Learn More

Carter Center Encourages Patience and Peace as Guyana Awaits Election Results

In a preliminary statement released today, The Carter Center commended the people of Guyana for their participation in the March 2 election and encouraged all Guyanese to remain patient and peaceful as GECOM finalizes the results. Learn More

Carter Center Assesses Status of Guyana’s Electoral Preparations Positively, Recommends Wide Distribution of Tabulation Procedures

The Carter Center first became involved in Guyana in the early 1990s at the invitation of President Desmond Hoyte and since then has been dedicated to the advancement of democracy in the country. These elections will be the fifth that The Carter Center has observed in Guyana since 1992, reflecting an ongoing commitment to the consolidation of democracy and a desire for Guyanese to live together in peace, security, and prosperity. Learn More

Carter Center Board of Trustees Appoints Paige Alexander as Carter Center CEO, Effective June 2020

The Carter Center Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Paige Alexander has been appointed CEO of The Carter Center, effective June 16, 2020. She succeeds Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, who is retiring. The CEO is charged with leading the Center into its next era of building peace, health, and hope for the world’s poorest people. Learn More

Carter Center Appoints Reddy as Board of Councilors Chair

Shyam K. Reddy, chief administrative officer and senior vice president of corporate development at BlueLinx Corporation, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2020. 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

Aminata Touré and Jason Carter to Co-Lead Carter Center Delegation to Guyana’s Election

Aminata Touré, former prime minister of Senegal, and Jason J. Carter, chairperson of The Carter Center Board of Trustees, will co-lead the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Guyana. Learn More

Applications Open for 2020-21 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 2020-21 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Learn More

Middle Georgia Forum to Address Unmet Mental Health Needs for Georgia’s Children to be Held Feb. 6 in Dublin, Georgia

The third of six regional School-Based Behavioral Health Forums across Georgia will convene at Dublin High School on Feb. 6. These forums – co-hosted by The Carter Center, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, and Voices for Georgia’s Children – assess the status of school-based behavioral health efforts in Georgia, identify and discuss strategies to eliminate barriers to success, and encourage the adoption of state and national best practices. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Anne Cox Chambers

Rosalynn joins me in sharing our condolences to the extended family and friends of Anne Cox Chambers. Ambassador Chambers was an important part of our lives for over six decades. Her life serves as a path for fairness and equality for everyone and especially for women and girls. Atlanta, our State of Georgia, and the world has lost a wonderful woman, business leader, and philanthropist. Rosalynn and I are grateful to have been among those whose lives were so richly touched by her. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Denounces Middle East Proposal

President Trump’s plan for unilateral annexation to Israel of a large piece of the occupied Palestinian territories offers the Palestinians fragmented statehood, without control of their borders, in four years and subject to certain conditions, and leaves the status of large parts of the West Bank to be determined in the future. Learn More

54* Cases of Guinea Worm Reported in 2019

A provisional total of 54 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2019, The Carter Center announced Wednesday. Intensified surveillance and reporting incentives in endemic areas in recent years have produced expected fluctuations in the small number of Guinea worm cases. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the program in 1986, about 3.5 million human cases occurred annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Learn More

Independent Observer in Mali Urges Vigorous Action on Implementation of the Peace Agreement

The Carter Center, which serves as the Independent Observer of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement implementation, released its 2019 end-of-year report, which criticizes the overall stagnation of the process and urges vigorous measures to consolidate peace in Mali. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Mission to Observe Guyana’s 2020 Election

Following an invitation from the government of Guyana, The Carter Center has launched an election observation mission to observe the March 2 general election in Guyana. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of the Sultan of Oman

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. His voice for peace and tolerance in the Middle East will be missed. He was a wise counsel and ally to me in the White House. After the White House, I was grateful for his support in our efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease from the world. We extend our condolences to members of the royal family. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Tunisia on Successful Completion of 2019 Electoral Process

In a statement released today, The Carter Center commended the Tunisian authorities and its people on the successful completion of the 2019 electoral process and urged Tunisian political leaders to move quickly to form a government before the one-month extension provided by the president expires Jan. 15, 2020. Learn More

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