"Next time a woman becomes Party Leader or Prime Minister of Norway, she will not meet the same problems that I had."
In an in-depth interview with Mayumi Yoshinari for Japanese political affairs magazine Chuo-Koron, Gro Harlem Brundtland discusses everything from the secret of successful leadership to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world.
“We now have a golden opportunity to create a new global development framework that both addresses our challenges and fulfils our aspirations.”
Writing for the Skoll World Forum, Gro Harlem Brundtland welcomes the UN report published last month on the post-2015 development agenda, particularly its holistic approach to sustainable development, women's empowerment and eliminating extreme poverty.
Two members of The Elders are joining 'The B Team', a new non-profit initiative launched today that will work to deliver a new way of doing business: one that prioritises people and planet alongside profit.
The High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, appointed to design a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals, released its report last week. Its recommendations include a goal on peace and security, and recognise child marriage as a key indicator of girls' and women's empowerment.
"Like no other generation before, we can choose the type of future that we will leave to the next generation. A transition to a safe and prosperous future is possible, but will require the full use of humanity’s extraordinary capacity for innovation and creativity... Tinkering at the edges will not do the job."
"We have not yet seen the necessary courage or political will to turn good intentions into effective, collective action."
In an opinion piece published in newspapers around the world, Gro Brundtland and Fernando H Cardoso outline the key steps that must be taken to guarantee Rio+20's success and lasting impact on sustainable development.
“Economies are stalling. Ecosystems are under siege. Inequality – within and between countries – is soaring. I will make the point I always make: these afflictions are clearly rooted in political short-sightedness, where narrow interests triumph over common interests, common responsibilities – and common sense.”
Gro Brundtland begins the Elders+Youngers dialogue with a message to the 'Youngers'.
The Elders are 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.