Facing the Challenge of Climate Change
An Interview with Gro Harlem Brundtland Yale Center for the Study of Globalization Distinguished Visiting Fellow, April 14, 2015
Few people have had an impact on society as global as Gro Harlem Brundtland’s. As Norway’s Environment Minister, she had the vision to extend health beyond the confines of the medical world and into environmental issues and human development. Subsequently, she served as Prime Minister of her country, Director General of the World Health Organization and Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development, best known for developing the broad political concept of sustainable development, which subsequently became part of the international agenda.
She served as a UN Special Envoy on Climate Change from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves as the Deputy Chair of The Elders, a small group of independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. Dr. Brundtland came to the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization in April of 2015 as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. While at Yale, she was interviewed by Nayan Chanda, the Editor of YaleGlobal Online.