Gro Harlem Brundtland

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Person.png Gro Harlem Brundtland   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, Pharma lobbyist, Deep state functionary)
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BornGro Harlem
1939-04-20
Bærum, Norway
NationalityNorwegian
Alma materUniversity of Oslo, Harvard University
Children1
SpouseArne Olav Brundtland
Member ofClub de Madrid, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board
PartyLabour
Deep state/WHO connected Prime Minister/DG, concerned about "too much freedom of speech"

Employment.png Prime Minister of Norway Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
3 November 1990 - 25 October 1996
DeputyJohan Jørgen Holst, Thorvald Stoltenberg
Succeeded byThorbjørn Jagland

Employment.png Prime Minister of Norway Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 February 1981 - 14 October 1981
Succeeded byKåre Willoch

Employment.png Norwegian Labour Party/Leader Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
12 September 1979 - 25 October 1996

Employment.png Norway/Minister of the Environment

In office
1 July 1974 - 19 March 1979

Gro Harlem Brundtland is three time Norwegian Prime Minister who was WHO Director-General from 1998 to 2003. She chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development which presented the Brundtland Report on "sustainable development".

Background

Gro Harlem Brundtland was born into a bourgeois family in the rich parts of Oslo, Norway's capital. Her father, Gudmund Harlem was Norwegian Defense minister for the Labour government during the Cold War, from 1961-65. In 1963, Gro graduated with a medical degree, a cand.med. from the University of Oslo. She took a master's degree at Harvard University in 1965, as a Master of Public Health, at the same time as her husband, security academic Arne Olav Brundtland's stay there at the Center for International Affairs (founded by Henry Kissinger).

Career

Brundtland joined the Labour Party, and had a meteoric career, maybe thanks to the networks of her father and husband. She entered the government in 1974 as Minister of the Environment. By 1981, she was prime minister for a short 8-month period despite only 4 years of parliamentary experience. She consolidated her party leadership, and became Norwegian Prime Minister for two further, and longer, terms. The second ministry was from 9 May 1986 until 16 October 1989; The third ministry was from 3 November 1990 to 25 October 1996.

Brundtland belonged to the moderate (i.e. economically liberal) wing of her party, and made sure the party kept it's dedication to NATO.[1]

She led the extensive efforts to get the country to join the European Union in 1994, thwarted by a referendum. Norway is still not part of EU. Brundtland received the EU's 1994 Charlemagne Prize, for her service for European unification.

As Prime Minister Brundtland was given the nickname "mother of the nation" by the press.

During her third ministry, the Norwegian government in 1993 took the initiative to sponsor secret peace talks between the Government of Israel led by Yitzchak Rabin and the PLO led by Yasser Arafat. This culminated with the signing of the Oslo Accords, branded as an equitable deal, but which in rality consolidated Israeli control over the area.

Brundtland is also a member of the Club of Madrid and Deputy Chair of The Elders.

WHO

After the end of her term as PM, Brundtland was then elected Director-General of the World Health Organization in May 1998. In this capacity, Brundtland adopted a far-reaching corporate led approach to public health, establishing a Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, chaired by pro-market liberal economist Jeffrey Sachs. Thus, the WHO adopted donor driven business models led by the private sector and launched multiple public-private partnerships (PPP) implementing vertical programs addressing specific diseases. These arrangements have further increased the power of multinational corporations to direct health policy and undermined and fragmented health systems in many countries.[2]


Quotes

In a 2017 interview, she complained "We are losing control of what people are told"[3]

"When it comes to technology and democracy, more control is needed over the internet, and with social media. They cannot be a garbage can where gravely erroneous things can stand there unchallenged. The challenge is that concepts like freedom of speech stand high in people's consciousness. This is of course important, but if we interpret freedom of speech too broadly, it also includes the right to spread false opinions."[4]


 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Atlantic Storm14 January 200514 January 2005New York
US
A scenario designed to mimic a summit of transatlantic leaders forced to respond to a bioterrorist attack. Recommended militarization, vaccination and stockpiling drugs. Held January 2005.
Bilderberg/198214 May 198216 May 1982Norway
Sandefjord
Rica Park Hotel
The 30th Bilderberg, held in Norway.
Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Quebec
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada


References