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First woman Prime Minister of Norway to give Aiken Lecture

Release Date: 04-28-2008

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Gro Harlem BrundtlandThe University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and UVM Continuing Education program are pleased to announce Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland — former Prime Minister of Norway, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and currently special envoy to the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change — as keynote speaker for the 2008 UVM Aiken Lecture Series.

Brundtland's address, "Holistic Solutions to Global Environmental Problems: Integrating Technological Approaches with Political, Social, and Economic Realities," will be held at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel on October 15, 2008 at 6 pm.

"It is an honor to have such a distinguished head of state and visionary for sustainable, global environmental solutions as Dr. Brundtland visit the University of Vermont," said CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "Dr. Brundtland's work will speak to active student and faculty interests across the University and ideally aligns with transformative efforts in the UVM School of Engineering to create a new, holistic, creative and interdisciplinary engineering curriculum to create leaders in 21st-century research and practice."

Common FutureDr. Brundtland was the first woman elected Prime Minister of Norway and, at age 41, the youngest person ever appointed to the post. She led her country in 1981 and then again in 1986-89 and 1990-96. Brundtland achieved worldwide recognition as Chair of the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development — today known informally as the Brundtland Commission — developing the now-global definition of sustainable development as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The report of the Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, was published in 1987 and placed environmental issues firmly on the political agenda.

The Aiken Lecture Series was created by George D. Aiken who held public office at the local, state and national level and whose political career spanned forty-three years. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governor of Vermont, Putney Town moderator and United States Senator.

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