Opening Conference


Gro Harlem Brundtland

The renowned Norwegian politician known for her report entitled “Our common future”, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Velo-city 2011 opening conference.


Gro Harlem Brundtland is a public health expert and an active militant in defence of the environment and women’s rights who was thrice elected prime minister.

She is a physician (1963) and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health (1965) from the University of Harvard. She worked as a physician for the Oslo Directorate of Health from 1968 to 1974.

In 1983 she was invited to chair the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development and, in 1987, in Our common future, better known as the Brundtland report, she developed the concept of sustainable development that subsequently became part of all UN programmes.

She was Minister of the Environment from 1974 to 1979 and has been the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change since 2007.

Her contributions to peace, development and the environment have earned her different awards, such as the Third World Prize (1988), the Indira Gandhi Prize (1988), the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal of Honour (1991), the Onassis Foundation’s Delphi Prize (1992) or the Charlemagne Prize (1994).

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