In her bid for director general of the World Health Organization, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has hit the campaign trail.
In the next two months, she will visit WHO executive committee members in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan called Brundtland a “strong candidate” for the post, which will be decided at a WHO assembly in May.
Brundtland surprised Norwegians when she resigned as prime minister last October and did not run for Parliament this year. Improving health care has been a dream of hers since childhood. She said the WHO job combined her “whole life and experience and involvement in basic conditions in people’s lives.”