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Who's Who in Environmental Science

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland, born 1939, is one of the most important figureheads and leaders of the environmental movement. In 1987, she chaired the famous World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), known more commonly as the Brundtland Commission, for the UNO, which established Sustainable Development as a central goal of development and environmental protection.

    • Nationality
    • Norwegian

    • Subject
    • Environmental Politics

    • Fields
    • climate change, development, health

    • Distinction/Qualifications
    • Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, 2008.

      Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, 2014 (first recipient).

      Policy Leader of the Year, 2003, Scientific American.

    • Positions
    • Prime Minister of Norway 3 times: 1981 (first female), 1986-89, 1990-96.

      Norwegian Minister for Environmental Affairs, 1974 - 1979.

      Special Envoy on Climate Change with the United Nations

      Deputy Chair of The Elders

      Vice-President of Socialist International

      Director General of the UN World Health Organization, 1998 - 2003

      Member of the Norwegian Humanist Association (Human-Etisk Forbund)

      Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

      Chairperson of the WCED, World Commission on Environment and Development (aka Brundtland Commission).

      Member of the Council of Women World Leaders, dealing with equitable development and women's issues.

    • Publications
    • Our Common future, report of the WCED, World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987. This report introduced sustainable development, and created the basis for the 1992 UNCED Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It was also the blueprint for Agenda 21.

      Married to Gro and Still Married to Gro, by Arne Olav Brundtland.

      Madam Prime Minister: A Life in Power and Politics, 2002, Autobiography.