Carter Center History

The Carter Center was founded by former U. S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn Carter in 1982. This Atlanta based center has helped in improving the lives of people in more than 70 countries. Along with the Emory University, the center looks at advancing human right and reducing the unnecessary suffering that some of our brothers have to experience. The center was dedicated in 1986 and William Foege was appointed as the executive director.

During the 1990s, the Carter Center received millions of dollars as donations to fight the Guinea worm disease and to prevent blindness. The center has achieved various milestones since its inception. It has been able to strengthen the international standards for human rights and allowed many people to voice their concerns about human rights across the world. It has done a lot in the area of mental health and ensured that those affected by various maladies are taken care of adequately and not shunned by society. The center has also been a mediator in various kinds of disputes that have taken place over the years. These have been on national and international levels.

In 2000, the 16th annual Rosalyn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy was conducted. It was also the year when the Liberia office was closed after providing years of service in order to advance peace, human rights and democracy. The center was called upon to observe elections in Venezuela and Mexico too. They were present to observe the Peru elections too, however the center withdrew since conditions were not fair. In 2001, the center initiated talks with China in order to encourage elections for local officials in villages. In 2002, Mrs. Rosalyn Carter was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in New York. Over the years, there are many other significant achievements that the center has been able to accomplish.


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