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Photo of Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland
Former Prime Minister of Norway

Education: Medical doctor from the University of Oslo, and Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

Professional Experience: Spent 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system.

Political Career: Appointed Minister of the Environment in 1974. Prime Minister for the first time in 1981, later served as Prime Minister 1986-1989 and 1990-1996.

In 1983 the then UN Secretary-General invited her  to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), which published its report Our Common Future in April 1987.

Dr Brundtland was Secretary General of the World Health Organisation from July 1998 to July 2003.

From 2007 through 2009 she was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.