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The 3rd Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development kicks off on March 29th

The third Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development will be commenced with a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, March 29th, and closed with a keynote speech on Tuesday, April 3rd by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and the god mother of sustainable development.

The Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development commits to foster young female researchers and promote the study of global issues in public health and sustainable development, ranging from women and children health, Epidemiology, to environmental sustainability. Every year, five outstanding female researchers will be awarded with a trip to speak at public panels Taiwan. Completed in 2018, the Gro Brundtland Week is a three-year project granted by Tang Prize Foundation for National Cheng Kung University, aiming to establish and promote an international collaboration and partnership platform for female researchers. For detail, please visit the website http://brundtlandweek.web2.ncku.edu.tw

Five outstanding female researchers will be honored with 2018 Gro Brundtland award.
Dr. Natisha Dukhi is a Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council in the Department of Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation of South Africa with expertise in the health of pregnant women, teenagers and children in South Africa and global.

Dr. Barbara Burmen is a medical researcher and a public health specialist in Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for Disease Control Research and Public Health Collaboration, with expertise in HIV implementation Science and Tuberculosis.
Dr. Neha Dahiya is a senior resident in community medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India, to study the quality of life of women who were treated for advanced cervical cancer.

Dr. Weena Gera is the assistant professor of Governance and Development in the Political Science Program at the University of the Philippines Cebu, specialized in the evolving structure of governance and their development implications in fragile states, particularly within Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Sarva Mangala Praveena is the associate professor of Environmental and occupational health at University Putra Malaysia, specialized in environmental analysis and human health risk assessment.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Social Science College of National Taiwan University, on Thursday March 29th, attended by scientists and researchers, including National Cheng Kung University President Dr. Huey-Jen Jenny Su(蘇慧貞), Tang Prize Foundation Chief Executive Mr. Jenn-Chuan Chern(陳振川), and Dr. Alice Lin-Tsing Yu(陳鈴津), the Academician of Taiwan Academia Sinica with a keynote speech on “The challenges of economic sustainability of health care in the era of cancer immunotherapy”

Following the opening ceremony, various public panels will be organized with the five 2018 award-wining researchers in Hua Lian Tzu Chi University on Saturday March 31th, and National Chung Hsing University on Monday April 2nd, including two keynote speeches: “Innovation and Infrastructure For Improvement of Healthy Aging”by Dr. Chao A. Hsiung (熊昭), Director of Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes (NHRI),and“The Battle Against Lung Cancer” by Dr. Yi-Ching Wang (王憶卿), NCKU Pharmacology professor.

The closing event will be featured with the award ceremony and a keynote speech on “Sustainable Development Goals, a thirty year story of International collaboration“ by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was awarded the first Tang Prize in Sustainable Development In 2014. Inspired by Nobel Award, Tang Prize was created in 2012 by Dr. Samuel to promote Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology and Rule of Law. Endorsed by Dr. Gro Harlme Brundtland, granted by Tang Prize Foundation and organized by NCKU, the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development commits to engage the outstanding female researchers for public health and sustainable development in Taiwan and developing countries.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was Norwegian Minister for Environmental Affairs from 1974 to 1979, and served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway (1981, 1986–89, and 1990–96) and as Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003. She is also known for having chaired the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED, referred to as the Brundtland Commission) from 1984 to 1987 and published the report, Our Common Future, in April 1987, as the broad political concept of sustainable development, which also provided the momentum for the 1992 Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Dr. Gro Brundtland is widely regarded as the "godmother" of sustainable development. (End item:Sarah Wu)
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