Gro Harlem Brundtland is Deputy Chair of The Elders. She was the first woman prime Minister of Norway. Ms. Brundtland served as Director-General of the World Health Organization, and was a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Climate Change.

A Time for Bold Reforms

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In this 70th anniversary year, the United Nations must show itself to be mature and responsible enough to make bold reforms that can secure its long-term effectiveness. It must also exhibit humility and engage with ordinary citizens in its Member States, listen to their views, recognize their respective contributions to development, and show that it is relevant to their lives, and to the lives and prospects of their children.