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World Health: the big picture

How does globalisation affect world health, and what can be gained from it?

Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization, will address these questions in a lecture entitled Globalisation as a force for better health at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Friday 16 March.

With globalisation, a single microbial sea washes all of humankind. There are no health sanctuaries. The separation between domestic and international health problems is no longer useful. At the same time, we are beginning to realise the devastating effect ill-health has on the economics of developing nations. Therefore, Dr Brundtland argues, focusing on health is an important way of channelling the forces of globalisation so that they lead to a more just and equitable global society.

Norway's first woman Prime Minister, Dr Brundtland was elected for three terms of office, serving ten years in total. She also chaired the UN Commission on Environment and Development whose report Our Common Future set the agenda for global priorities for sustainable development and led to the 1992 Rio Environmental Summit. She was appointed Director-General of the WHO in 1998.

This public lunchtime lecture is one in a series of international seminars being held as part of LSE's new Global Dimensions programme, based in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance. The Centre has received £1.5m funding over three years from BP.

The lecture will be chaired by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai, Director of the CsGG.

The lecture is free and open to all. It takes place from 1 to 2pm in the Old Theatre on Friday 16 March.

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Journalists wanting to reserve a seat should contact Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office on 020 7955 7060 or email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk|

  • Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland. For a full biography, see www.who.int/director-general/
  • The Global Dimensions website is at www.globaldimensions.net
  • The CsGG was founded in 1992 to inquire into global issues, inform policy-makers and influence policy at an international level. BP is investing £1.5 million over three years to fund a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and research programme in the Centre.

16 March 2001

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