Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland/CNA file photo
Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, winner of the 2014 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, will visit Taiwan in April to attend the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development slated to take place March 28-April 3 at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan.
Brundtland is also expected to attend an April 2 seminar on sustainable development in public health and environment at Academia Sinica in Taipei.
She will deliver a keynote speech April 3 on a look back at international cooperation to achieve the United Nations’ sustainable development goals over the past 30 years and receive an honorary doctorate from NCKU.
Brundtland has been a global leader in promoting sustainable development for the benefit of humanity for more than 30 years.
In the 1980s, she gained international recognition through her championing of the principle of sustainable development as chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission).
The commission published a 1987 report titled “Our Common Future,” which defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The report had a far-reaching impact on both the academic and political arenas.
Brundtland became Norway’s first woman prime minister in 1981 and served three terms. She is a strong advocate of the feminist cause and in 1986 formed a groundbreaking government in which almost half the ministers were women, while the parliament contained over 40 percent women.
When she won the Tang Prize in 2014, she was awarded NT$40 million (US$1.37 million) in prize money, as well as a NT$10 million research grant. She donated half of the grant to NCKU to support female scientists.
(By Chen Chih-chung and Evelyn Kao)