The Profiles in Courage Award 1995.
The Kennedy Society has decided to award Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland,
Norway, with John F. Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage" for the
year 1995 for the following reasons: Through her contribution for years - nationally
as well as internationally - Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has shown
courage to speak and work for ideas and attitudes which are similar to those
of John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.
This was expressed by her great commitment to the United Nations, including
her presidency in the commission for environment and development, which resulted
in the report "Our Common Future" in 1987. At the "Oslo Conference
for the Anatomy of Hatred" in 1990 it was expressed by her appeal to work
for "greater justice, for human rights and for the increase of responsibilities
in the future". On this occasion she also expressed - in accordance with
the most courageous commandments in history: "We cannot meet the future
with a feeling of hate - not even in front of our enemies."
Gro Harlem Brundtland was also the Prime Minister of Norway who assumed and
carried the political responsibility for the courageous and epoch-making achievement,
which resulted in a mutual recognition between Jews and Palestinians. In her
speech at the UN Summit in Copenhagen on 11 March 1995, Gro Harlem Brundtland
stated: "We live in a global neighbourhood. Our solidarity shall cross
borders and generations. We will be haunted by a universal vicious circle if
we continue to act as if the world can be based on separation of the few happy
and the powerless poor." These words correspond closely to the words of
John F. Kennedy on 20 January 1961: "If the free society cannot help the
many who are poor, it can never save the few who are rich". In her speech
in Oslo on 8 May 1995 Gro Harlem Brundtland showed the courage of being versatile
in her comprehension of the efforts which led to the ending of the Second World
War by thanking the Western Powers and also say: "We thank the Russian
people for the enormous sacrifices they gave in the fight against Nazism."
Similarly John F. Kennedy acknowledged the contribution of the Russian people
on 10 June 1963 at the American University, where he said:
"Never in the history of war has one nation suffered more than the Russian
people suffered during Second World War. At least 20 million people were killed..."
In his book "Profiles in Courage" John F. Kennedy writes: "A
man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles
and dangers and pressures."
Gro Harlem Brundtland has done this for many years.