Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland


Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland


former Prime Minister, Norway

Director-General (emeritus), World Health Organization;

Vice Chair, Executive Committee, UN Foundation

Member, The Elders

Dr. Brundtland was educated as a medical doctor at the University of Oslo. She also holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

Dr. Brundtland worked ten years as physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system.

Dr. Brundtland was appointed Minister of the Environment in 1974. She then became Prime Minister in 1981, from 1986 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1996.

In 1983 the then UN Secretary-General invited her to establish and chair the world Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), which published its report "Our Common Future" in April 1987. Dr. Brundtland was Director General of the World Health Organization from July 1998 to July 2003. From 2007 through 2009 she was the UN secretary General`s Special Envoy for Climate Change. Dr. Brundtland served on the UN Secretary General`s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability since its launch in August 2010, until 2012.