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2017 Gro Brundtland Week opens in NCKU on March 12

The Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development opened today at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, Taiwan, with more than 300 scholars, researchers and students participating in the grand opening and the talk given by Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th Surgeon General of the United States.

NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su on behalf of the university extended her warmest welcome to the distinguished speakers, and female scientists who have travelled long distance to Tainan.

Dr. Benjamin, an American surgeon who worked as the surgeon general appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, said that she is very pleased to be in the university and excited to be kicking off this week-long celebration of women scientists from all over the world, particularly women from under-developing countries.

Addressing the opening ceremony, NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su said, in view of the urgent need to "network our next generation of stakeholders as early as we can, invitations are extended to high school students in every city when the program is taking place."

"It is hoped that we will be able to plant in their minds the seed of believing in the value of sustainable development and they will become the sustainable cadets in the endeavors for a sustainable future," President Su said.

“We start from NCKU and then travel to Tunghai University in central Taiwan, Tzu Chi University in east coast, National Taiwan Normal University in northern part, and the Headquarters of Tang Prize Foundation as final. We are mindful that the earth is jointly shared and owned by diverse culture and population,” according to President Su.

She added, “The organizing committee, especially myself, wish to express our most heartfelt appreciation for being entrusted in bringing about such a historical initiative for the second time.”

Tang Prize Foundation director of planning and development Yin Yin Hu said in her remarks, “Toady we sit together to celebrate women’s role in a sustainable world.”

Dr. Benjamin commented, “As a physician I understand the importance of having young scientists obtain opportunities to continue to develop and add and contribute to the world.”

President Su and Dr. Benjamin congratulated the five women scientists that the committee had chosen to be the key players in the 2017 Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development.

They are Fathiah Zakham from Yemen, Farah Fathima from India, Phyllis Awor from Uganda, Wafa Al-Jamal from Jordan and Yi-Chun Yen from Taiwan.

After the opening plenary talk delivered by Dr. Benjamin, a symposium and panel took place at the Y.S Sun Green Building Research Center, NCKU. The symposium speakers include Dr. Awor Phyllis, post doctoral fellow in Makerere University in Uganda, Dr. Li-Jung Ku, Dr. Yu-Ling Huang, and Dr. Chia-Hsin Chen from NCKU.

The Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development is a one-week science week touring in Taiwan including plenary sessions, symposiums, panel discussion and exhibitions focusing on sustainable development in public health.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and renowned leader in global sustainable development, who is often called the “godmother of sustainable development,” previously chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development, which coined the term “sustainable development” in a landmark report in 1987, titled Our Common Future.

The 1987 Brundtland Report by the WCED laid the groundwork for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which produced an international action plan for sustainable development known as Agenda 21 and initiated the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was the lead to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

After winning the Tang Prize in 2014, Brundtland received a cash prize of NT$40 million (US$1.2 million) and a research grant of NT$10 million. She donated half the research grant to the Milgis Trust, a Kenyan non-profit group that protects wildlife and natural resources, and the other half to NCKU to train female scientists and researchers from Taiwan and developing nations.

The Gro Brundtland Award requires that candidates are female, under 40 years old, citizens of a developing country or Taiwan, hold a research doctorate and carry out research related to public health or sustainable development.
Provider : NCKU News
Date : 2017/03/12
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