First Female Prime Minister of Norway & Mother of Sustainability
Considered the “mother” of sustainable development, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland attributes her passions for public health, the environment, and political activism to her father, a doctor and cabinet minister. At the tender age of seven, Dr. Brundtland 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. As an environment minister, Prime Minister, and party leader, she gained international recognition as a leader on key global challenges, the environment, human rights, sustainable development, and global security issues. Read More >
As the emerging effects of climate change are becoming ever more evident, we find ourselves not only facing a financial crisis, but an increasing pattern of worsening scenarios due to global warming. Read More >
To combat potential deterioration, poverty reduction must happen in parallel with emissions reduction, two of the most important challenges facing us today. We must simultaneously succeed on both fronts. This is what sustainable development is all about.
In this keynote, Dr. Brundtland explores potential solutions. She stresses the importance of taking the right steps across both the private and public sector to safeguard the planet on which we all depend, and move towards a future of sustainable development – a future that is better, more just, and more secure. Read Less ^
In this keynote presentation, Dr. Brundtland explains the importance that women, their rights, and their great impact on children, families and communities, has on global policy, economies, societies, and humanity – a fundamental issue across the world and across all religions.
One of Dr. Brundtland’s enduring goals – advancing the status of health on the political agenda, and into the minds of government leaders and not only health ministers – still persists today. Read More >
During her time at the World Health Organization, Dr. Brundtland took the initiative, based on her experience linked to environment and development, to have a broad analysis made on the true relationship between human health and human development, and between health and the economy.
The results yielded core concepts on human nature, supporting Dr. Brundtland’s mandate that when we invest in the health and education of all people, and in a clean environment, progress will follow and poverty can be overcome. Read Less ^
"Dr. Brundtland’s afternoon Lecture and Q&A session with Fred Andrle was attended by over 500 people as well as many more virtually via livestream to our regional campuses for faculty and students who could not attend in person. Following the lecture, 60 guests attended a “zero waste” reception. Twenty-one faculty and senior leaders enjoyed Dr. Brundtland’s company one last time at the dinner following the reception."
"The fourth Provost Discovery Themes Lecturer Program featuring Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was a resounding success. The program included six events over the course of the day. The day’s event began with a Roundtable Discussion Session on Sustainability attended by over 60 students, faculty and staff and co-sponsored by the Office of Energy and the Environment, plus Discovery Themes focus areas: Sustainable Economy, InFACT-Initiative for Food and agricultural Transformation, and Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability."
"Thank you for sharing the wisdom you have gained from your lifelong commitment to medicine and public health, education and sustainable development. You inspired the Michigan State University Class of 2008 to be concerned and engaged global citizens. We extend appreciation for your willingness to meet with faculty and students in the areas of public health and the environmental sciences."
"A robust conversation continued at the luncheon with Dr. Brundtland and 18 faculty and senior leadership. In the early afternoon, over 35 people attended the Roundtable Discussion Session on Public Health which was co-sponsored by the College of Public Health plus the Discovery Themes Focus area on Infectious Diseases."
"What wonderful and tireless human beings Gro and Arne Brundtland are. We were greatly honored to have them with us for two days. The excitement and energy generated by Dr. Brundtland can still be felt throughout the school and across campus."
"The Provost Discovery Themes Lecturer Program would simply not have been possible without your contributions and support from the American Program Bureau. Thanks so much for your time and effort in making the Provost Discovery Themes Lecturer Program a signature event for The Ohio State University."
"Our event was wonderful last night and Gro was in fine form. She really rose to the task of trying to integrate many themes, which came naturally from her global perspective."
"She was terrific! The most substantive person we have had. Stockton is not the most liberal of communities and her message was clear and very persuasive."