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.
- 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
Secretariat for Energy (1996-98). Expert on climate change
Spanish Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs (2000-2002) and Science and Technology (2002-2003).
157th Speaker of the UK House of Commons
President of Mexico (2000-2006)
Former President of the CAF - Development Bank of Latin America (1991-2017)
Former Prime Minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) 1994-1997
Former EU ambassador to the US
Former Polish Deputy Prime and Finance Minister & President of the National Bank (until 2006)
President of the European Central Bank (2003-2011)