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The Carter Center : Waging Peace

Creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to live in peace.

For most Westerners, peace and freedom are a given. But to millions of others, every day is a struggle to survive. The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering around the world through its peace programs.

Founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Atlanta-based Center has helped improve the quality of life for people in more than 65 countries around the world, including the United States.

Peace is more than just the absence of conflict, and peace-making is more than stopping or preventing war. Representatives of the Carter Center work with people at the highest levels of government and side by side with the poor and often forgotten to build peace through mediation, promote democracy, and protect human rights. The Center has strengthened democracies in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Peace programs operating under the auspice of The Carter Center include the Americas Program, a pioneer in monitoring free and fair elections in the Western Hemisphere, the Conflict Resolution Program, which monitors many of the world’s armed conflicts, and the efforts being made to solve them, the Democracy Program, which conducts international elections/monitoring, strengthens the capacity of citizens to participate in government and promote rules of law, the Global Development Initiative, which works as an honest and neutral broker with developing countries to facilitate design and adoption of national development strategies, and the Human Rights Initiative, which intervenes on behalf of victims of human rights abuses and integrates human rights approaches and principles into the activities of all Carter Center programs.

Human rights, good governance, economic opportunity, and a healthy population are essential for fostering peace, stability, and permanently advancing the quality of life around the world. The Carter Center aims to spread hope and advance the quality of life through action. For more information about The Carter Center and their peace programs, visit their website at www.cartercenter.org.

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