Gro Harlem Brundtland

Former Norway Primer Minister




Specific topics

Environmental PolicyPoliticswaste management

Gro Harlem was the first woman Prime Minister of Norway. She joined the children’s organization of Norway’s Labour Party, and has been a member ever since. The early seeds of internationalism inspired by her family took deeper roots during her experience at Harvard, working with distinguished medical experts from around the world.

At age 41, Gro Harlem became the first woman Prime Minister of Norway, and the youngest person ever appointed. Her cabinet of eight women and nine men represented the highest level of gender equality in history.

Gro Harlem Brundtland chaired the World Commission on the Environment and Development, the “Brundtland Commission,” which popularized the concept of sustainable development in its landmark report, “Our Common Future”. Their recommendations provided the momentum for the United Nations “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

She returned to her roots in medicine serving as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recently, Gro Harlem Brundtland has served as a member of the United Nations high-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. The panel’s 2004 report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility” includes sustainable development as an integral part of a new vision of collective security.

In May 2007, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon named Dr. Brundtland, to serve as UN Special Envoys for Climate Change.

She travels and lectures extensively as a leading voice for a healthier and better educated world, and a champion of sustainable development.

Speaking Topics:
- The Triple-Bottom LIne
- Global Health Security: Putting a Stop on the Next Pandemic
- WHO and the Battle Against SARS: How We Confronted and Contained the Global Expansion of SARS
- Macroeconomics and Health - Investing in Health for Economic Development
- A Woman's Perspective in Leadership
- Forward-Thinking Leadership and Effective Foreign Policy in the Global Arena

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