The John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture at the 2020 Annual Meeting was delivered by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice and human rights.

2020 Lecture
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Gro Harlem Brundtland, a medical doctor, was Norway’s first woman Prime Minister, serving a total of ten years as head of government between 1981 and 1996. She chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development – known as the Brundtland Commission – which articulated the principle of sustainable development for the first time at a global level. She was Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2007 to 2010 and, from 2011 to 2012, was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel. Since 2018, Gro Harlem Brundtland has served as a co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, an independent monitoring and accountability body to ensure preparedness for global health crises.