With the UN IPCC besieged, its chairman Rajendra Pachauri facing calls for his resignation, and the entire AGW movement showing signs of crashing and burning, it’s perhaps a good time to take a look at one of the truly terrifying figures in the UN, in the IPCC, in the WHO, and in fact seemingly everywhere in global politics: Gro Harlem Brundtland.
|Brundtland and Pachauri at Copenhagen 2009
Born in Norway in 1939, Brundtland has been variously a doctor, three-term Prime Minister of Norway, chair of the Brundtland Commission on the human environment and natural resources, Vice President of the World Socialist Party, Director General of the WHO, member of the exclusive club of The Elders, and is at present Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Her father, Gudmund Harlem, was also a doctor, and Norway’s Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Defence, and a member of the rather shadowy organisation, Mot Dag. She moved to the USA when she was 10 years old after her father received a Rockefeller scholarship. She married Arne Olav Brundtland in 1960, and returned to the USA in 1964, where she earned a degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, studying American efforts to combat pollution and other environmental problems.
She became Norway’s Minister of the Environment in 1974, and Norwegian Prime Minister in 1981. Her perspectives were always global in scope however.
For the first time the environment was tied to Socialist goals of international redistribution of wealth. Said the report, “Poverty is a major cause and effect of global environmental problems. It is therefore futile to attempt to deal with environmental problems without a broader perspective that encompasses the factors underlying world poverty and international inequality.” 
She stepped down as leader of the Norwegian Labour party in 1992. But that wasn’t the end of her political career.
In 2003, the New York Times reported of her term as director-general of the WHO that she believed the gains she had made were due to her career-long efforts to persuade world leaders to take science seriously and to put health issues high on the political agenda.
The treaty bans advertising and sponsorship of television programs and entertainment by tobacco companies and urges governments to enact strict indoor air laws, impose high taxes on tobacco and crack down on cigarette smuggling.
But the treaty must now be ratified by governments throughout the world, a prospect that many describe as realistic. Yet five years ago, Dr. Brundtland said, she doubted that the health organization ”could conclude a favorable convention on tobacco control” in her first term.
The representatives approved the treaty because SARS focused attention on global health issues and ”made it more difficult for countries that were a little reluctant to agree to the tobacco convention to go against it,” Dr. Brundtland said. Now, she added, ”It is a success story for W.H.O. and the world.” 
She had expected to be re-elected at the end of her first term, but wasn’t. An inkling of her attitude to health is perhaps given by a Time report:
She instead became a UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.
The message on her climate mission:
In any Nanny State, a do-good busybody like Gro Harlem Brundtland would be Head Nanny. And as a socialist and environmentalist doctor-politician, she was very likely an inspiration and role model for many of New Labour’s women politicians, and for many other women around the world, and perhaps also for messianic doctors like Liam Donaldson. And, in her lead role at the WHO, she was arguably the principal driving force behind many of the world’s smoking bans.
She should have taken the advice given to doctors. Smoking and drinking and obesity are not epidemics like cholera and typhoid and dysentery. To treat them as such ends in treating people like insects.