ATLANTA (AP) -- Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn have been honored for their efforts to help children.
The former president and first lady received the UNICEF's 1999 International Child Survival Award during a benefit dinner Wednesday for the U.N. Children's Fund."It's a true honor for Rosalynn and me to receive this award from UNICEF, which has done more than any other organization in the world to improve the lives of children," Carter said prior to the ceremony.
Since leaving office in 1981, the Carters have continued their involvement in international humanitarian affairs. In 1982, they formed The Carter Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization created to promote peace and fight disease in neighborhoods and nations around the world.
Since 1988, UNICEF Atlanta and The Carter Center have cosponsored the Child Survival Awards to recognize achievements in furthering children's issues.