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June 8, 2010
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Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

Did you know that Gro Brundtland, the person that the Brundtland Commission is named after…. is a woman? No offence, and yes you could say so much for my lack of tolerance for ignorance (as I was just sharing with my colleagues here in the office) but I always assumed it was a man whom it was named after!

I also just found out that she’s part of a group called The Elders. The Elders are an independent group of eminent 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.

The Elders include the likes of Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando H Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graca Michael, Mary Robinson, Desmond Tutu. Honourary Elders include Nelson Mendela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Elders amplify the voices of those who work hard to be heard, challenge injustice, stimulate dialogue and debate and help others to work for positive change in their societies.

The Elders do not hold public office and have no political or legislative power. Because they are not bound by the interests of any single nation, government or institution, they are free to speak boldly and with whomever they choose on any issue, and to take any action that they believe is right.

When undertaking initiatives, the Elders are committed to listening to the views of all groups and individuals – and especially women and young people. The Elders work both publicly and behind the scenes and at all levels – local, national and international – lending support and advice when invited, and sometimes when it is not.

Read more about Dr Gro Brundtland here! Also be sure to check out The Elders Website to learn more about what they’re up to. 🙂

Mel

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2010 10:55 am

    hey mel! how coincidental, im actually doing a work placement at the design agency in London which is managing The Elders account! haha

  2. Mellow permalink*
    June 8, 2010 11:01 am

    nice!! 😀

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