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THE UN at 75: Coronavirus and Competition- A Perry World House Colloquium

Over the course of three days (October 5th – 7th), we will bring leaders from across the world together in high-level virtual conversations to discuss the UN at 75 and the future of global governance in an age of great power competition and at a moment of global crisis.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 10:00am-11:00am EDT

Conversation with Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of WHO and former Prime Minister of Norway

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Gro Harlem Brundtland

A discussion with Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of WHO and Norway’s first woman Prime Minister

Gro Harlem Brundtland, a medical doctor, was Norway’s first woman Prime Minister, serving a total of ten years as head of government between 1981 and 1996. She chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development – known as the Brundtland Commission – which articulated the principle of sustainable development for the first time at a global level. She was Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2007 to 2010, and, from 2011 to 2012, was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel. Gro Harlem Brundtland is the co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, an independent monitoring and accountability body set up in 2018 to ensure preparedness for global health crises. She is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice, and human rights.


Deborah Amos, Moderator

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR‘s award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University and in 2010 was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award by Washington State University. Amos was part of a team of reporters who won a 2004 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of Iraq. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1991-1992, Amos returned to Harvard in 2010 as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School. In 2003, Amos returned to NPR after a decade in television news, including ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight, and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline.