Delivering the keynote speech at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2017, Gro Harlem Brundtland highlights the importance of inclusive health policy, praising hosts Thailand for progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and calling on all leaders to ensure no-one is left behind.
"UHC goes beyond safeguarding the health and well-being of individuals and communities. It also helps build fair, stable, and cohesive societies."
Writing in a joint opinion piece to mark Universal Health Coverage Day, Gro Harlem Brundtland and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan call UHC "one of the most powerful social equalisers." Published in Thomson Reuters and Huffington Post.
Gro Harlem Brundtland and Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, discuss the economic and societal benefits of Universal Health Coverage, in a session moderated by Bryan Walsh, Foreign & International Editor of TIME Magazine, at the Social Good Summit 2016.
Last month in New York, Gro Harlem Brundtland spoke alongside global health leaders including Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO and the health ministers of South Africa and Thailand, during which she called for courageous leadership to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
"Because I'm here and I'm poor, this condition could be a death sentence." –Kofi Annan recalls meeting hospital patients as UN Secretary-General
Recognising the vital role health plays in the realisation of the wider Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kofi Annan is joined by fellow Elders Gro Harlem Brundtland and Ernesto Zedillo in this short video calling on governments to honour their commitments.
Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Graça Machel, Hina Jilani, Mary Robinson, Ernesto Zedillo and Kofi Annan explain why The Elders have launched a new initiative to campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
"We do not face a choice between reducing poverty or addressing climate change, as the fossil-fuel companies maintain."
Writing for Project Syndicate, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Graça Machel call on world leaders attending the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in September to commit to putting the words of the Goals into action, justly and effectively.
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.