Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland has been a member of The Elders since its founding in 2007 and has served as its Deputy Chair since 2013. She is also a United Nations Foundation Board member. She was the first female Prime Minister of Norway and is credited as putting sustainable development on the international agenda through the “Brundtland Report” for the UN in 1987. She is a medical doctor who champions health as a human right, and is a staunch advocate of gender equality as a prerequisite for development.
After spending 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system, Gro Harlem Brundtland was appointed Prime Minister for the first time 1981. Aged 41, she was both the youngest person and the first woman to hold the office in Norway. She served for more than 10 years as Prime Minister over three terms until 1996. A popular leader, she is affectionately known by Norwegians as “Landsmoderen” or “mother of the nation.”
Gro Harlem Brundtland was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability 2011-2012, and serves on the Board of the United Nations Foundation. She was also a member of the Palme Commission on Security and Disarmament in the 1980s; a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, 2008-2010; and Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change, 2007-2010.