AFP

TAIPEI

Former Norwegian premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named Wednesday as the first recipient of the Tang Prize, touted as Asia’s version of the Nobels, for her work as the ‘godmother’ of sustainable development. Brundtland was awarded the debut prize, created by one of Taiwan’s richest men with a $100 million donation, with winners in three other categories to be announced this week. The winner in each category will receive Tw$50 million ($1.7 million), with Tw$40 million in cash and the remainder in a grant - a richer purse than the eight million Swedish kronor ($1.2 million) that comes with a Nobel Prize.