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Gro Harlem Brundtland speaks at Nordic event in Rio

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland will speak at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ seminar “Gender Equality is Sustainability” at the Rio+20 conference.


Other Speakers include Norwegian Environment Minister Bård Vegard Solhjell, Former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, Swedish Minister of Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Faroese Minister of Social Affairs and Nordic Cooperation Annika Olsen.

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Gro Harlem Brundtland is by many considered the mother of sustainable development and she is still going strong after many years of working for a fairer world.

In 1987 she was the driving force behind the landmark report on "Our common Future" which in its turn formed the basis of the 1992 Earth Summit that Rio+20 is following up on.

Rather than presenting a gloom and doom report about the destruction of natural resources, Our Common Future offered an agenda advocating the growth of economies based on policies that do not harm, and can even enhance, the environment.

The commission recognized that the need for a marriage of economy and ecology, in order to ensure the growth of human progress through development without bankrupting the resources of future generations - a theme even today at Rio+20

Gender Equality is Sustainability

This Nordic Council of Ministers seminar at Rio+20 explores the interconnection between gender equality, welfare, green economy and the climate, giving examples of countries with recent sustainable and equitable development.

Other Speakers include Norwegian Minister of Environment Bård Vegard Solhjell, Sarah Cook (Research Institute for Social Development), Former President of Finland Tarja Halonen,  ILO Director Peter Poschen, Swedish Minister of Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga (TBC).

The seminar aims to increase awareness of the link between women’s economic contributions and sustainable development.

The message is that any serious shift towards sustainable development requires the use of women’s resources and talents. To make this come true there is a need to develop national welfare structures like education, health care, care for children and the elderly in order to ensure women’s full participation in work and society.

This is one of a number of Nordic events in Rio - you can see the full list at the Rio+20 website of the Nordic Council of Ministers-

For more information see also the EqualClimate website or follow the Nordic Way at Rio+20 on facebook for updates on the activities of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Rio.


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