Former Prime Minister, Norway

Deputy Chair,
The Elders

It is a moral obligation to care and to share- across borders, across generations. We have the knowledge and the combined resources to eradicate most challenges to mother and child. By what means of argument can we defend not doing so?

— Her Excellency Gro Harlem Brundtland


Her Excellency Gro Harlem Brundtland is a Norwegian politician, diplomat, physician and an international leader in sustainable development and public health. She is currently deputy chair of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders promoting peace and human rights. She served as the Norwegian minister for environmental affairs from 1974 to 1979. In 1981, she became Norway's first female prime minister, a position she again held from 1986 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1996. Brundtland was elected director general of the World Health Organization in 1998. She has served as a special envoy on climate change for the UN and on the UN secretary general's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.