Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.), thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel laureate, was born Oct. 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Ga.
Some of the Carter administration's significant foreign policy accomplishments included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world. On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
In 1982, in partnership with Emory University, President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center. Actively guided by President and Mrs. Carter, the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center works to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions.
On Dec. 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002 to Mr. Carter "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."