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Press Releases: Conflict Resolution

Read the latest news below about the Carter Center's work around the world.

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

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

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

Carter Center Makes Dynamic Syria Conflict Map Available to Public

The Carter Center has launched a new web tool that shows in near real time which groups control what areas of Syria. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Syria Conflict Maps

The Carter Center closely follows events in Syria and regularly publishes reports about conflict developments on its website. These reports are publicly available and are forwarded to all interested parties, including Syrians across political divides and governments in the west and in the region. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Urges Long-term Support to Nepal

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and ongoing rescue and recovery operations in Nepal, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calls on the international community to redouble efforts to support Nepal and to develop clear plans for long-term assistance and rebuilding. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Political Leaders to Reach Consensus to Conclude Nepal's Constitution-Drafting

In recent weeks, as the Jan. 22 deadline to promulgate a new constitution approaches, Nepal's constitution-making process has become increasingly polarized. The Carter Center urges all parties to recommit to the spirit of consensus upon which the peace process and constituent assembly are founded and to find broadly acceptable compromises to bring constitution-making to a successful close. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Immediate Gaza Ceasefire

Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Two weeks of indiscriminate bombing and fighting in and around Gaza has left over 600 Palestinians dead, an estimated two-thirds of whom are civilians, including over 150 children. The Israeli death toll has reached 29, including two civilians. Learn More

Traditional Chiefs Meet in Nimba on Peace and Reconciliation

A high-level delegation of chiefs and elders from Grand Gedeh County will visit Nimba County for a two-day peace and reconciliation meeting with chiefs and elders from Nimba County. The Honorable Minister of Internal Affairs Morris M. Dukuly Sr. has requested Chief Zanzan Karwor, chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, to lead the meeting, which takes place in Toweh Town, Nimba County, from July 21-23, 2014. Learn More

Flomoku Appointed Chief of Party for Carter Center Liberia Office

The Carter Center has named Pewee Flomoku as the first Liberian chief of party for its office in Liberia, effective today. A veteran Liberian journalist, Flomoku will lead both general office operations and its Access to Justice Project. Learn More

Carter Center Praises Spirit of Compromise In Nepal But Calls for Renewed Political Support for Constituent Assembly

Based on a recent field assessment, The Carter Center reports that while Nepal's second constituent assembly has made commendable progress to prepare a new constitution in a spirit of compromise, many Nepalis are concerned about the slow pace of the process to date, a perceived lack of engagement by senior political leaders on contentious issues, and the persistence of long-term risks to the credibility of the political process. Learn More

Carter Center Urges National Dialogue in Libya, Respect for Democratic Process

As violence and instability continue to dominate the political scene in Libya, The Carter Center urges all stakeholders to cease hostilities, engage in comprehensive dialogue, and recommit to the democratic process. Learn More

Clarification From The Carter Center on Sudan Activities

The Carter Center's long-standing support for the people of Sudan will continue through activities to advance peace, democracy, and health. The Carter Center's Health Program office continues to operate as it undertakes health promotion and disease prevention projects. Learn More

The Carter Center and Government of Sweden Partner to Improve Access to Justice in Liberia

In December 2013, The Carter Center and the Government of Sweden entered into a partnership through the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia to improve access to justice in Liberia. The Swedish support will amount to approximately 7.5 million USD over a three-year period. The agreement will support the Carter Center's efforts to make justice more accessible for underserved rural populations, including women and youth, and to strengthen community-based dispute resolution for customary leaders. Learn More

The Carter Center Releases Reports on Syrian Paramilitary Groups

The Carter Center today released to the public a series of reports that provide a comprehensive analysis of Syrian paramilitary group structures and their evolution. The reports are part of the Center's Syria Conflict Mapping Project, which analyzes the unprecedented volume of online citizen-generated information about the conflict in an effort to better inform peace-building efforts. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Nepal on Well-Conducted Election Process

The Carter Center finds that Nepal's Nov. 19 constituent assembly election was conducted remarkably well, especially in the face of attempts by boycotting parties to disrupt the process through violence. The Election Commission of Nepal estimated the voter turnout at more than 70 percent. Learn More

Sudan-South Sudan Dialogue Group Commits to Strengthening Peace Among Border Communities

The Sudan-South Sudan Dialogue Group visited the Tamazuj area in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State from November 7-9, 2013. The objective of the visit was to advance people-to-people dialogue and specifically to learn from the experiences of the Dinka Malual and their interactions with neighboring Misseriya and Rizeigat tribes. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Nepal's Nov. 19 Election

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai will co-lead the Carter Center's delegation to observe Nepal's Nov. 19 constituent assembly election. The Center's mission will include more than 50 observers representing 27 nations deployed throughout the country. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress and Concerns Ahead of Nepal's Nov. 19 Election

In a report released today, The Carter Center offered a series of recommendations to Nepal's election commission, candidates and parties, and government to support the conduct of a credible constituent assembly election on Nov. 19. Learn More

The Carter Center Applauds Nepal Election Commission's Efforts to Improve Voter Roll; Key Challenges Remain

In a report released today, The Carter Center applauds the Election Commission of Nepal's efforts to finalize a new voter roll for the constituent assembly elections on Nov. 19, 2013, while also identifying areas of concern such as potential voters who have not been registered. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Election Observation Mission to Nepal

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Nepal's Nov. 19, 2013, constituent assembly election at the invitation of Interim Election Council Chair Khil Raj Regmi and the Election Commission of Nepal and the welcome of political parties. Learn More

Statement From The Carter Center on the Syria Crisis

The use of chemical weapons on August 21 near Damascus is a grave breach of international law that has rightfully outraged the world community. The United States and some of its European allies are calling for military strikes on Syria, but apparently without support from NATO or the Arab League. Learn More

Carter Center Staff To Travel to Syria for Discussion on Political Transition

Representatives of the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program will travel to Beirut and Damascus in late July for discussions on eventual political transition in Syria. Learn More

Carter Center Expresses Concern Over Palestinian Prisoners

On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners' Day, April 17, The Carter Center expresses concern for the treatment of 4,750 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which contravenes international law and human rights norms. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Dialogue Initiative Between Sudan and South Sudan

The Carter Center has launched a series of nongovernmental dialogues between prominent leaders from Sudan and South Sudan to strengthen peace and create lasting understanding between the two countries. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit Nepal and Myanmar

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Nepal and Myanmar from March 29-April 6. Learn More

The Carter Center's Long-Term Observation In Nepal Indicates That Identity-Based Political Activity Has Decreased

In a report released today, The Carter Center notes that identity-based political activity in Nepal has decreased since May 2012, providing space for much-needed civic dialogue on federalism and social inclusion. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for End to Gaza Violence

The Carter Center condemns rocket fire from Gaza against Israeli communities, the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, and other targeted attacks in Gaza. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Election Commission of Nepal to Continue Efforts to Increase Turnout, Improve Data Quality on New Voter Register

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) continues to make progress toward finalizing a new voter register but faces challenges related to registration turnout, access to eligibility documents such as citizenship certificates, and data quality. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Nepal

Press Releases News &smp; Publications May 24, 2012 Contacts: In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 404-420-5124; In Kathmandu, Sarah Levit-Shore +977-1-444-5055/1446 Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Nepal (नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस) I am concerned by the tensions, prolonged strikes, and incidents of political violence that have taken place throughout Nepal in recent weeks. Positively, it appears that these tensions have reduced in the last few days following the signing of several agreements between the Government of Nepal and protesting groups, as well as some commendable initiatives at the local level. Learn More

South Sudan: Carter Center Praises Progress on Legal Framework, Urges Informed Debate on Electoral Bill

Following a series of public hearings, South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is in the final review stages of a national elections bill to establish the framework for political competition in future elections in South Sudan. Learn More

Open Letter from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to the People of Nepal

My colleagues at The Carter Center and I commend Nepal's government and political parties for closing 13 of 28 cantonments and completing the discharge process for those Maoist combatants who have chosen voluntary retirement. These are important steps toward completing the peace process. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls on Israel to Release Hunger Striker Khader Adnan

The Carter Center calls on the Israeli government to immediately charge or release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who was arrested on Dec. 17, 2011, based on "secret evidence" and has been held in administrative detention without charge. Learn More

South Sudan: Carter Center Urges Broad Participation in Assembly's Hearing on Political Parties Bill

The Carter Center commends South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly for its decision to convene a public hearing on the draft Political Parties Bill and solicit input from political parties, civil society, and citizens. This is an important opportunity for South Sudanese to provide input and demonstrate citizens' interest in the political process. Learn More

Over 10 Million Nepalis Registered to Vote, Ensuring Access for Remaining Unregistered Voters Crucial

In a report released today, The Carter Center commended the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for registering more than 10 million Nepali citizens to date, and encouraged the ECN to undertake additional efforts to reach out to those who have yet to participate in the process. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Israel to Release Palestinian Legislators

The Carter Center denounces the recent detention of Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Dr. Aziz Dweik, as well as the arrests of three other legislators and one former minister, who are members of the speaker's Hamas-affiliated faction. Learn More

The Carter Center Welcomes Agreement by Nepal's Political Parties

The Carter Center welcomes the recent agreement by Nepal's political parties to address key outstanding issues in the peace process, including the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants, drafting of the constitution, and other important points. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Election Commission of Nepal on Progress in Voter Registration, Encourages Efforts to Increase Citizen Turnout

In a report released today, The Carter Center commended the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for registering nearly eight million Nepali citizens to date and encouraged the ECN to undertake additional efforts to reach out to millions more who have yet to participate in the process. Learn More

Carter Center and Ministry of Internal Affairs Renew Agreement to Strengthen Community Dispute Resolution in Rural Liberia

The Carter Center and the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), have extended their Memorandum of Understanding to continue collaboration to promote and strengthen good governance and the rule of law. With support from USAID and Humanity United, and in partnership with IREX, The Carter Center and MIA are committed to continue support to capacity-building activities for the traditional people of Liberia and the National and County Traditional Councils, with a focus on enhancing dispute resolution skills and increasing understanding of the law. Learn More

Statement by The Carter Center on the Extension of Nepal's Constituent Assembly

The Carter Center welcomes the recent agreement by Nepal's political parties as well as their decision to extend the Constituent Assembly tenure by three months. Learn More

Carter Center: Local Peace Committee Functioning Has Improved, But Overall Effectiveness Remains Unclear

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that although the overall functioning of Local Peace Committees (LPCs) has improved since November 2009, their effectiveness remains unclear and they continue to face serious challenges. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Palestinian Reconciliation

The Carter Center congratulates the Government of Egypt for their success in brokering the historic intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement announced on April 27. The Carter Center further commends the representatives of Fatah and Hamas for having the vision to begin the process of reunifying the Palestinian people. Mediated by the Government of Egypt, the agreement provides a framework for resolving long-standing issues regarding reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian governance, elections, human rights abuses, and the security sector. Now, the challenge will be implementing the agreement on the ground. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress in Nepal's Ongoing Voter Registration Process, Offers Suggestions to Address Key Challenges Ahead

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that overall the Election Commission of Nepal's (ECN) voter registration process is moving forward, despite delays. Learn More

The Carter Center Notes Concerns with Low Voter Registration Turnout in South Kordofan, Highlights Steps Needed for Credible Polling Process

In a statement released today, The Carter Center welcomed the completion of the voter registration process in South Kordofan. The process was conducted in a generally peaceful environment and the majority of registration centers operated without major problems. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Political Parties and Blue Nile Popular Consultation Commission to Ensure Genuine Dialogue on Key Issues in Blue Nile State

In a statement issued today, The Carter Center reports that the first phase of the popular consultation in Blue Nile produced notable accomplishments, but that state legislative assembly members, political parties, and consultation authorities should work collaboratively to ensure a more transparent and genuine dialogue on the key issues in remaining phases of the process in Blue Nile. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Inclusive Transition Process in Southern Sudan

Distrust between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and opposition parties is a critical challenge that undermines the unity of Southern Sudan on the eve of its independence. To ensure a successful transition, The Carter Center urges all Southern Sudanese political leaders to agree on genuinely inclusive processes for reviewing and adopting the transitional constitution and planning for the transition. Learn More

Forum Identifies Solutions to Improve Cooperation Among Andean Countries and the United States

The Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum, a citizens' forum created to identify and contribute solutions to multilateral problems and tensions among the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela) and the United States, issued a report today outlining a common agenda to improve cooperation among the nations. Learn More

Carter Center: Clashes Between Nepal's Political Party Youth Wings Have Decreased But YCL and UML Youth Force Continue to Seek Financial Gain

In a report released today, Carter Center observers found that overall clashes between Nepal's political party youth wings appear to have decreased. However, many activities of the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) and, to a lesser extent, the CPN-UML Youth Force [1] remain targeted toward financial gain, and youth wing activity continues to have a negative impact on security in many districts. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Success of Southern Sudan Referendum, Encourages Steps to Strengthen Future Elections

The Carter Center congratulates the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement partners, and the Sudanese people on the announcement of the final results of the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan. Learn More

Carter Center and JPC Expand Liberian Community Legal Advice Services Into Montserrado County

Original artwork by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, a baseball signed by four presidents, a behind-the-scenes tour of Delta Air Lines, and historic memorabilia from the Carter presidential campaign and White House years are among more than 150 items up for public auction in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2011, during the Carter Center's annual Winter Weekend event. The auction, held for the past 18 years, is a critical source of support for the not-for-profit Center's international work advancing peace and health. Learn More

Carter Center and JPC Expand Liberian Community Legal Advice Services Into Nine Counties

The Carter Center, in partnership with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), is expanding its Community Legal Advisor (CLA) program to provide legal support services in nine rural Liberian counties. With support from USAID and Humanity United, the services will be continued and expanded for the next two years. The program gives rural Liberians access to free community-based legal services and knowledge of their rights. Since 2007, more than 3,000 cases have been opened by community legal advisors. Learn More

Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Joseph Warioba, and John Hardman to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Referendum on Self-Determination of Southern Sudan

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Tanzania Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, and Dr. John Hardman, Carter Center president and CEO, will lead the Carter Center's international observation delegation for the January 2011 referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Swift Resolution to Nepal's Political Deadlock, Issues Report on Local Political and Peace Process

Mistrust among Nepal's political leaders, failure to implement previous commitments, and repeated unsuccessful efforts to form a new government pose threats to the peace process and constitutional drafting. Learn More

Carter Center Condemns West Bank Attacks

The Carter Center condemns the recent attacks in the West Bank resulting in four murdered and two injured Israeli settlers. The military wing of Hamas has assumed responsibility. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for End to East Jerusalem Deportations, Respect for International Law

The Carter Center expresses deep concern about the revocation of Jerusalem residency rights for three members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC): Muhammad Abu-Teir, Ahmad Attoun, and Muhammad Totah, as well as the former Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Khaled Abu Arafeh. Learn More

Carter Center: Land Commitments in Nepal's Peace Process Only Partially Fulfilled

In a report released today, The Carter Center has found that the Maoists and successive governments have each only partially fulfilled land commitments as outlined in the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and subsequent agreements. Learn More

Carter Center Calls on the International Community to End the Siege of Gaza

The Carter Center expresses deep regret for the loss of life and condemns the unprovoked and illegal Israeli assault on the humanitarian Gaza aid flotilla in international waters. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Local Dispute Management Program in Liberia

The Carter Center is launching an 18-month USAID-funded project to strengthen the capacity of Liberia's local indigenous leaders to manage local disputes, as well as to provide the officers of the National Traditional Council enhanced ability to respond to major disputes. The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Traditional Council. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Lead Study Mission to Middle East

.Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will lead a study mission to Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan April 13-21, 2008, as part of the Carter Center's ongoing effort to support peace, democracy, and human rights in the region. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Sudan's Elections Campaign, Urges Steps to Ensure Open and Inclusive Process

In its latest statement on Sudan's electoral process, The Carter Center notes that while much has been achieved in organizing the 2010 elections, the country's first competitive elections since 1986, the process remains at risk on multiple fronts including the ability of candidates to campaign freely and the impact of delayed logistical preparations by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Learn More

Carter Center Condemns Attacks on Journalists in Nepal

The Carter Center expresses serious concern about the growing incidence of threats and attacks on media personnel in Nepal. The Center strongly believes that a free and vibrant press is indispensable for the sustainability of a functioning democracy. Learn More

Carter Center - Nepalis Want New Constitution to Promote Decentralization and Equality

According to a Carter Center report released today, Nepalis expect their new constitution to provide peace, security, and address basic needs. They support measures to promote equality, inclusivity, and education for all; end discrimination; uplift disadvantaged communities; and improve access to the state and justice system. Learn More

Carter Center Calls Upon All Palestinian Authorities and Political Parties to Allow Unhindered Participation in the Political Process

The Carter Center hopes to observe presidential and legislative elections in Palestine, but will only consider the opportunity if the democratic principles and fundamental freedoms required for genuine and inclusive elections across the West Bank and Gaza are met. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Poor but Improved Tarai Security Environment in Nepal

In a report released today, The Carter Center in Nepal describes the current security environment around the country and notes that while the situation across parts of the Tarai remains poor, it has moderately improved since early-2009. Learn More

Internationally-Renowned Humanitarian Groups Support Challenge to Unconstitutional ''Material Support'' Law

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Carter Center, Human Rights Watch and several other human rights and humanitarian organizations in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of a law that makes it a crime to provide "material support or resources" to any organization that the Secretary of State has designated a ''foreign terrorist organization'' (FTO). Learn More

Carter Center Urges All Parties to Heed Goldstone Report Recommendations

The Carter Center urges all parties to heed the recommendations of the recent United Nations report on hostilities in and around Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009. Learn More

The Carter Center Urges Progress on Nepal's Peace and Constitutional Processes, Increased Attention to the Local Level

Nepal has made significant progress on the path to peace and inclusive democracy over the past three years but the future of the process now appears in question. Reminiscent of the 1990s, political leaders in Kathmandu appear focused on zero-sum power politics at the expense of the constitution drafting, peace process, and provision of basic government services. Learn More

Statement By The Carter Center on the Release of the Final Report of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Based on the Carter Center's long concern for the peace and well-being of the Liberian people and its current collaboration with the government of Liberia to conduct civic education on the rule of law, this statement aims to help explain in simple terms what will happen now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has issued its final report. Learn More

The Carter Center Continues Support to Nepal's Peace Process

The Carter Center commends the significant progress that Nepal has made on the path to peace and stability during the last three years, but notes with concern that the breakdown in consensus politics following the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, as well as the delay in implementing previous commitments, threatens to derail the progress made thus far. Learn More

Christian Leaders Appeal For Peace With Justice in Holy Land

National Christian leaders meeting at The Carter Center on May 14-15 sent the following letter to President Barack Obama following two days of discussions on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Citing a growing sense of despair in the Holy Land, the letter conveys to the President support for his efforts to push for a two-state solution and calls for an immediate opening of the Gaza borders. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for an End to Palestinian Political Violence

The Carter Center condemns the killing and maiming of suspected collaborators, political opponents, and common criminals committed by Hamas-affiliated security forces in the Gaza Strip. According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, during the course of Operation Cast Lead from Dec. 27, 2008, through Jan. 17, 2009, Hamas-affiliated security forces executed extra-judicially 18 people while maiming dozens of others, often by shooting them in the knees and feet. Learn More

Carter Center Observers Note Largely Peaceful By-Election Day, Progress in Electoral Conduct, Some Areas for Improvement

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Nepal, the election commission, and the political parties for a generally peaceful and orderly by-election process. Following an invitation from the Election Commission of Nepal, The Carter Center deployed four teams of short-term observers to Morang, Dhanusha, Kaski, and Kanchanpur from April 9-11 to conduct a small scale assessment of Nepal's April 10, 2009, Constituent Assembly by-elections. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for End to Home Demolitions and Settlement Construction in the West Bank

The Carter Center expresses strong concern about recent home demolition orders issued by the Jerusalem Municipality. If implemented, a total of 95 structures, including 87 homes in the historic Al-Bustan neighborhood south of the Old City, would be demolished and some 1,840 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem would be displaced. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes the Temporary Ceasefire in Gaza, Calls For "A Credible Peace with Israel"

The Carter Center welcomes the temporary cessation of the war in and around the Gaza Strip, but notes that the situation remains extremely precarious. Learn More

Carter Center and Ministry of Internal Affairs Lead Workshops to Strengthen Rule of Law and Expand Role of Women in Liberia's Local Governance

The Carter Center, in partnership with Liberia's Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Traditional Council, and the Ministry of Gender, will conduct workshops for Liberia's local leaders on how to strengthen the rule of law and expand the role of women in local governance in each of the country's fifteen counties between Jan. 27 and the end of April 2009. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Immediate End to Violence in Gaza

The Carter Center urges an immediate end to violence in and around Gaza. The government of Israel must cease actions that endanger the civilian population of densely populated Gaza, and the de facto authorities of Gaza must halt rocket attacks. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls for a Definitive End to Violence in Bolivia

The Carter Center calls for an end to violence in Bolivia in light of the grave situation facing the country. The Center urges political and social leaders to sustain territorial integrity and national unity as the pillars for a peace that guarantees democracy, full respect for human rights, and a return to tranquility for all inhabitants. Learn More

Carter Center to Continue Colombia-Ecuador Reconciliation Efforts

The Carter Center will continue working for dialogue and the improvement of the relationship between the people of Colombia and Ecuador and remains ready to collaborate with both governments in the manner the presidents deem to be most appropriate and opportune. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Nepal's New Constituent Assembly

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Nepal, the government, and the political parties on the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008. This is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the Nepali people and their political leadership to sustainable peace and multi-party democracy. Learn More

The Carter Center Condemns the Recent Rocket Attack on Ashkelon

The Carter Center condemns in the strongest terms the rocket attack launched from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians in Ashkelon yesterday. According to reports, the "Grad-type" rocket injured at least 14 civilians, including a mother and her three-year-old daughter, when it struck the Hutzot shopping center. Learn More

5,000 Sign Petition Supporting Dialogue with Hamas

Jewish Voice for Peace and Just Foreign Policy have presented former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with a petition signed by 5,000 of their members supporting his meeting with Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal. The petition is being delivered to the three remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates this week. Learn More

Statement From The Carter Center on President Carter's Middle East Trip

President Carter has the greatest respect for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and believes her to be a truthful person. However, perhaps inadvertently, she is continuing to make a statement that is not true. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Delegation to Observe Nepal's April 10 Elections

The Carter Center announced today that its founders, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will lead the Center's international election observation delegation to Nepal. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former deputy prime minister of Thailand, will co-lead the delegation with the Carters. The Carter Center mission will also include more than 60 observers representing more than 20 different nations deployed throughout the country. Learn More

Carter Center Urges an End to Election Related Violence in Nepal

The Carter Center's international election observation mission in Nepal has observed the pre-electoral environment in the country for the past 14 months. The Center is encouraged by the level of electoral preparations and campaigning presently taking place, as this represents a marked increase from the two previous election periods in June and November 2007. Learn More

Carter Center Names Former Mediator as New Conflict Resolution Program Director

Hrair Balian, an attorney with background in international conflict mediation and democratic governance for organizations including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations, and International Crisis Group, is the new director of the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program. Learn More

Carter Center Calls on Nepal's Government and All Parties to Focus on April 10 Elections

The Carter Center has heard from Nepalis nationwide that they want peace, prosperity, and a representative, transparent, and accountable government. Nepal's political leaders need to respond to these expectations by holding a credible election for the constituent assembly on April 10, 2008. Learn More

The Carter Center Condemns Recent Violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip

The Carter Center condemns the recent Palestinian suicide bombings and rocket fire against Israel and calls on the Palestinian leadership in Gaza to take urgent and immediate measures to halt the spiraling cycle of violence. Learn More

Two Palestines? What is Risked by a "West Bank first" Policy? Panel Discussion Now Available on Carter Center Web Site

Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2008. Applicants must be U.S. residents. Learn More

The Carter Center Calls for Ceasefire and Dialogue in Gaza Jan. 26, 2008

After two years of almost complete isolation, the people of the Gaza Strip breached the iron wall along the border with Egypt, pouring over the border to seek basic supplies, receive needed health care, and some said, to "breathe a breath of freedom." Although Egypt seems poised to close the border again, most Gazans are giving Hamas credit for relieving their misery, even if the relief is temporary. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Nepal

The people of Nepal have embarked on a remarkable and historic transition. I am proud and grateful to witness parties formerly in conflict demonstrating their commitment to resolving their differences through peaceful means. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Israel To Maintain Energy Supplies in Gaza

The Carter Center urges the government of Israel to cease consideration of a proposal to cut energy supplies in Gaza. On Sept. 19, 2007, Israel threatened to declare the Gaza Strip a "hostile territory" and cut off provision of essential services such as electricity and fuel to the civilian population as retaliation for rocket attacks being launched from the territory. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Nepal Elections Delay

The Carter Center is disappointed with the announcement of a second postponement of Nepal's constituent assembly election. The Center hopes that Nepal's political leadership will now use the time ahead of them wisely to reach reasonable compromises on key issues in dispute. Learn More

Nepal's Peace Process at Critical Juncture; Carter Center Appeals to all Nepali Political Actors to Work Together for Elections

Nepal's peace process is at a critical juncture following the Sept. 18 departure of the Maoists from the interim government and the rapid approach of key electoral deadlines. The Carter Center is encouraged by the renewed commitment of all parties to maintaining unity and pursuing intensive negotiations to resolve contentious issues. Learn More

Israeli Actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: Prospects Dim for Middle East Peace

In a statement issued today (see below): The Carter Center deplores the decision taken Wednesday by Israel to declare the Gaza Strip a hostile territory and its threat to cut off provision of essential services such as electricity and fuel to the civilian population. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Nepal to Continue Progress For Nov. 22 Elections

This statement presents the observations and continued findings of the Carter Center's international election observation mission in Nepal. Since March 2007, The Center's 13 international long-term observers (LTOs) have visited all of Nepal's 75 districts, in many cases multiple times, reaching not only to district headquarters but also to the village level. Learn More

Two Palestines? What is Risked by a "West Bank First" Policy?

The collapse of the Palestinian National Unity Government (NUG) last month following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas has left the Palestinian territories in crisis. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit Nepal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Nepal June 13-16 to encourage Nepal's political leaders to continue on the path to peace as they prepare to hold constituent assembly elections later in 2007. President Carter, 2002 Nobel Laureate and co-founder of The Carter Center, will lead a delegation including former U.S. Ambassador A. Peter Burleigh, Carter Center Democracy Program Director Dr. David Carroll, and Carter Center Nepal Field Director Darren Nance. Learn More

The Carter Center Deploys Election Observers in Nepal

The Carter Center launched an international election observation mission in Nepal with the deployment this week of thirteen long-term observers in all five development regions around the country. The long-term observers come from eight countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Learn More

Upcoming Carter and Albright Discussion on Middle East Peace Prospects To be Webcast Live

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will speak on the prospects for lasting peace in the Palestinian territories to a sold-out audience at The Carter Center on Feb. 22, 2007, from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Issues Letter to Jewish Community on Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

During my recent book tour I signed more than 10,000 books and was interviewed on 100 news media outlets.* The high point for me was a meeting with leaders of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, who announced before my arrival that they would demonstrate against my book. Learn More

Statement by President Carter on Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

The attempt to coerce Hamas leaders by starving the Palestinian people has failed, and it is time for the international community to alleviate their suffering and resort to diplomacy. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

The Carter Center expresses its alarm at the outbreak of violence in Ethiopia rooted in the ongoing dispute over the May 2005 elections. We send condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives, and urge that every effort be made to avoid further death and injury. Learn More

Liberia Elections: President Carter Calls for Clean Campaign

The Carter Center’s Liberia Election Observation Project called for fair and honest campaigning for the Oct. 11, 2005, Liberian presidential and legislative elections, as the official campaign period begins today. Learn More

Statement by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Dr. John Garang

My colleagues and I at The Carter Center are deeply saddened by the death of Vice President Dr. John Garang, chairman of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement. John Garang was for millions in Africa and across the world a symbol of the struggle for peace and dignity, and his passing will be greatly mourned. Learn More

Ecuadorian Crisis: A Statement by The Carter Center

The Carter Center views with concern the political crisis of the past four months, culminating in the removal of the Ecuadorian president yesterday. The Center urges calm to allow the restoration of a normal constitutional situation, including re-establishing the Supreme Court. Learn More

A Statement In Support of Bolivian Democracy From Jimmy Carter

I have watched with concern the increasing tension in Bolivia culminating two days ago in the resignation letter of President Mesa. Over the past 17 months, Bolivia has faced difficult choices on a variety of issues, and these will not be solved simply with a change in the government. Learn More

Live Conversations Webcast to Examine 'The State of World Conflict'

ATLANTA…International experts will discuss the state of world conflict in a live webcast on www.cartercenter.org as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center series on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Signing of Sudan Peace Accord

ATLANTA.....It is with great joy that I congratulate the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army on their peace accord signed today. The road to this agreement has been long and hard, but finally the people of Sudan have a chance to realize their great potential for a future of peace. Learn More

Peace in Sudan: Center Continues Decades-Long Commitment to Alleviate Suffering

NAIROBI....The historic peace accord signed here today by the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army not only brings an end to Africa's longest running civil war, but also paves the way for final global eradication of Guinea worm disease Learn More

Statement by Jimmy Carter on the Death of Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Learn More

Sudan Peace Protocols: A Statement by President Jimmy Carter

ATLANTA....I am pleased that the Sudan peace talks made important progress yesterday with the signings of additional significant agreements in Navaisha, Kenya. All concerned should be congratulated for their dedication to working through the difficult details of these protocols. The world looks forward to a final, comprehensive accord. This will mark the true beginning of the hard work of implementing the agreements and building peace throughout Sudan. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Talks in the Tomato Industry

ATLANTA.... I have followed with concern for a number of years the appalling working conditions in the Florida-based tomato industry. While production costs in the industry have increased over the last 25 years, wages have been effectively stagnant, as giant cooperative buying mechanisms hold prices down. Conditions are so bad in parts of the industry that there have been two separate prosecutions for slavery in recent years. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Paramilitary Forces in Venezuela

CARACAS, VENEZUELA... Today the national government, represented at the Enlace Mechanism (established by the May 29, 2003, accord) by deputies Nicolás Maduro and Desireé Santos Amaral, has informed the group's facilitators of the delicate situation regarding the detention of a group of foreign mercenaries. These mercenaries may be willing to initiate violent and criminal actions against military and political targets. Learn More

Remembering Rwanda: Carter Center Statement on Tenth Anniversary of Genocide

The Carter Center joins the world community in commemorating the loss of life from the genocide in Rwanda that began on April 7, 1994. Learn More

The Resignation of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in Bolivia: A Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA...The weeks of protests, marches, and violence have taken a heavy toll on the people of Bolivia. The loss of lives in El Alto and elsewhere will remain just one of the many sad reminders of this period in Bolivia's history. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Bolivia (English and Spanish)

ATLANTA… I wish to express my deepest regret for the loss of life that has occurred in Bolivia these past days and weeks and my personal condolences to the family and friends of those who have died. The violence that has rocked Bolivia is abhorrent to all peace loving people. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Concessions by India and Pakistan to Resolve Kashmir Crisis

ATLANTA….Concessions must be made by both India and Pakistan to resolve escalating tensions between the countries over Kashmir, the strife-torn Himalayan region, The Carter Center recommended in a report released today. India must acknowledge the existence of Pakistani grievances over the disputed territory while Pakistan must visibly take all possible steps to stop infiltrations by terrorists, the report said. Learn More

Parties Convene to Recognize 25th Anniversary of Camp David Accords

ATLANTA…..Members of the Egyptian, Israeli, and U.S. delegations to the 1978 Camp David negotiation will gather in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17 on the 25th anniversary of the accords to discuss lessons learned for Middle East peacemaking. Learn More

Statement on the Liberian Peace Agreement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

ATLANTA, GA…..The Carter Center and I welcome the peace agreement reached last night in Accra. It is our profound hope that this document will prove to be a springboard for the lasting peace so much desired by ordinary Liberians. This cannot be another false dawn. We urge Liberian leaders to work tirelessly to regain the trust of their people and to learn fully from past mistakes. With the strong assistance of the international community, it is now time to begin to implement all needed measures to lift Liberians out of poverty and oppression and move toward a future based on good governance and respect for basic human rights. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Liberia

I welcome President Bush's recent statement of his determination to help the people of Liberia find the path to peace and his strong support for the cease-fire signed early this month. Learn More

Former U.N. Official Appointed Director of Center's Conflict Resolution Program

Matthew Hodes, a former United Nations official, has been appointed director of the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program. He had served as the program's senior associate director since September 2001. Learn More

Venezuelan Agreement: A Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (English/Spanish)

I congratulate the members of the Forum on Negotiation and Agreements in Venezuela on the signing of an accord to respect human rights, freedom of expression, and the right to petition for recall referenda of elected officials. Learn More

Georgians Pay Nobel Tribute on 'Ironic Night'

Friends, family, and dignitaries from across Georgia gathered here March 19 for a gala event at Atlanta Symphony Hall to honor former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and his wife, Rosalynn. The evening, which President Carter described as "an ironic night," began at 8 p.m.--the exact deadline issued for Saddam Hussein's exit from Iraq. Learn More

President Carter: Opening Exists for Peaceful Resolution of Iraq Crisis

The planned meeting of American, British, and Spanish leaders in the Azores this weekend is a strong indication of their determination to resolve the present impasse in the United Nations. Learn More

Statement On Venezuela from The Carter Center (English/Spanish)

The Carter Center deplores the escalation of violence in Caracas in the last week and deplores the bombings of the diplomatic missions of Colombia and Spain in Caracas. Learn More

Crisis in Venezuela: President Carter Responds (Spanish and English)

I am pleased to see that the government and the Coordinadora have begun discussions at the Mesa de Negociaciones y Acuerdos on an electoral solution. Both sides have used the proposals that The Carter Center presented at the Mesa last week as a basis for progress and have presented their initial responses. Learn More

A Proposal to Restore Peace and Harmony in Venezuela (Constitutional Amendment)

La oposición anuncia la finalización del paro. El Gobierno anuncia que no habrá represalias contra los trabajadores públicos que recurrieron a sus derechos sindicales. Quienes sean encontrados culpables de sabotaje o de otros delitos, serán penados conforme a la ley. Learn More

A Proposal to Restore Peace and Harmony in Venezuela (Constitutional Amendment)

La oposición anuncia la finalización del paro. El Gobierno anuncia que no habrá represalias contra los trabajadores públicos que recurrieron a sus derechos sindicales. Quienes sean encontrados culpables de sabotaje o de otros delitos, serán penados conforme a la ley. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Venezuela (Spanish and English)

Quiero expresar al pueblo Venezolano mi profunda preocupación por el alto nivel de tensión en el que se aproximan a celebrar las Navidades y la llegada del Año Nuevo. Learn More

Declaration of Former President Jimmy Carter on the Venezuelan Negotiations

ATLANTA, GA….I commend the Venezuelan government and opposition grouped under the Coordinadora Democratica for opening the Table of Negotiation and Accords today to resolve the deep differences between them. Direct conversation is the best method to increase understanding and to resolve conflict peacefully. Learn More

Proyecto De Comunicado Del Grupo De Trabajo Tripartito

La Misión integrada por funcionarios de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y del Centro Carter, concluyó hoy una visita de cinco días a Venezuela, atendiendo a invitaciones tanto del Gobierno como de los diversos sectores de la oposición agrupados en la Coordinadora Democrática. Learn More

Venezuela Communique From Tripartite Group (OAS, UNDP, and The Carter Center)

A mission of officials from the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and The Carter Center concluded a five-day visit to Venezuela today, in response to invitations from the Government and the various opposition groups in the Coordinadora Democrática. Learn More

OAS, UNDP and Carter Center Mission To Travel To Venezuela

Atlanta....A mission of the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Carter Center will visit Venezuela on September 9 to 13, 2002, in response to an invitation from the government and the various opposition groups in Coordinadora Democrática. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on IGAD Peace Talks on Sudan

ATLANTA….The Carter Center welcomes the outcome of the recent IGAD peace talks on Sudan and applauds all concerned for this renewed commitment to peace. It is our profound hope that the agreements reached mark the beginning of a new era of justice and prosperity throughout Sudan and the region. It remains, however, the solemn responsibility of Sudan's leaders and their international friends to transform these initial agreements into a final and comprehensive peace that is fully embraced and implemented by all of the peoples of Sudan. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Assessment Mission To Venezuela

In response to a request last week from the Venezuela government to former U. S. President Jimmy Carter to facilitate a national dialogue, The Carter Center will send a small assessment team to Caracas June 24-29, 2002, to form a recommendation to President Carter on whether to accept this invitation. Learn More

Visit of Carter Center Delegation to Cuba

THE CARTER CENTER is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife,Rosalynn, in 1982 to advance peace and health worldwide. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Center has helped to improve quality of life for people in more than 65 countries. Its staff of 150 includes experts working to control and eradicate diseases, diminish the stigma against mental illness, strengthen democracy, advance human rights, and improve development planning. Learn More

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Venezuela

My heart goes out to the Venezuelan people who have suffered the turmoil of the last four days, and especially to the families of those who were killed. Learn More

Statement by Former US President Jimmy Carter to the Argentine People

Atlanta... In this difficult political moment, I want to express my support for the Argentine people and my sincere regret for the recent violence and consequent loss of life. Argentina remains a valued member of the democratic community of nation states, and the Argentine people will find support from citizens across the hemisphere as they seek a way forward. I have confidence that the Argentine people and their leaders will find a peaceful solution to current challenges through established democratic procedures, reflecting the country's respect for human rights and civil liberties. Learn More

Arrival Statement by Jimmy Carter: Peru Elections

Lima, Peru....On behalf of The Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), I want to say our joint delegation is honored to be in Peru to observe this historic election. Learn More

Sudanese and Ugandan Delegations Agree on Steps to Implement the Nairobi Agreement

Nairobi, Kenya….The following statement is issued by the delegation leaders, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, minister in charge of the presidency, Uganda, and Ali Numeiri, minister of state in the Ministry of External Relations, Sudan. Learn More

Statement of Carter Center Condemning Crimes against Liberian NGO and ITS Staff

The Carter Center strongly condemns the Nov. 28 ransacking of the offices of a leading Liberian nongovernmental organization, the Center for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE) and the brutal beatings of its executive director, Conmany Wesseh, and chairman, former Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer. Learn More

Parties Work To Implement Nairobi Agreement

ATLANTA, GA.... NAIROBI.....With a view to full implementation of the Nairobi Agreement of Dec. 8, 1999, between the Governments of Sudan and Uganda, a ministerial meeting was held in Nairobi Nov. 17-19, 2000, under the auspices of The Carter Center, with the participation of the Governments of Canada, Egypt, and Libya and representatives of UNICEF. Learn More

Sudanese and Ugandan Delegations Continue Steps to Implement the Nairobi Agreement

Representatives of the Sudanese and Ugandan governments issued the following statement today following three days of talks here on steps to implement the Nairobi Agreement, which is designed to normalize relations between the two countries and promote regional peace. Learn More

Presidents of Sudan and Uganda take Steps to Restore Diplomatic Relations, Cease Rebel Support

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Sudan President Omaral-Bashir today agreed to take steps to re-establish diplomatic relationsand to promote peace in the region. Learn More

Statement from Former President Jimmy Carter on Extension of Sudanese Cease-Fire

ATLANTA, GA.... I commend the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the South Sudan Independence Movement (SSIM) for their decisions to extend the cease-fire in Sudan for another two months. During the past two months, the cease-fire has permitted the leaders and citizens of Sudan, working with The Carter Center and others, to carry out a major effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease, prevent river blindness, and immunize children against polio and other diseases. The cease-fire extension, agreed to by the SPLA, SSIM, and the government of Sudan, will enable the expansion of these efforts to further alleviate the suffering of Sudanese and will provide an opportunity to advance the peace process. Learn More

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