Participating Members

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Prime Minister of Norway
(1981, 1986-1989 and 1990-1996)

Gro Harlem Brundtland spent 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system before joining the Ministry of Health in 1965. In 1974 she became Norway’s Minister of the Environment, and in 1981, at the age of 41, she was appointed Prime Minister for the first time. With two other periods as Prime Minister from 1986-1989 and 1990-1996, Dr Brundtland was Head of Government for more than 10 years. Throughout her political career, Dr. Brundtland developed a growing concern for issues of global significance. In 1983 the then UN Secretary-General invited her to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development best known for developing the broad political concept of sustainable development. She stepped down as Prime Minister in October 1996 and went on to become Secretary General of the World Health Organisation from July 1998 to July 2003. In 2007, she was appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change by UN Secretary-General.

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