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World Commission on Environment and Development


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Chaired by the former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland (b. 1939), who was director general of the World Health Organization in 1998–2003, the Brundtland Commission produced a report, Our Common Future (1987), on the relationship of environment and development that was the basic working document for the World Summit on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The public health relevance of the Rio Summit was that it drew attention to the problem of greenhouse gases and paved the way for the Kyoto Protocol. The Report is available in summary form at http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/42/ares42-187.htm.

Subjects: Environmental Science — Public Health and Epidemiology.


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