Connie Hedegaard started her political career in 1984 as a Member of Parliament in Denmark for the Conservative Peoples Party. Before joining the European Commission, she has been Minister for Environment (2004-2007), Minister for Nordic Cooperation (2005-2007), and Minister for Climate & Energy (2007-2009).
From 1990 to 2004, Ms. Hedegaard worked as a journalist for several Danish media. From 1998 to 2004, she anchored the evening news magazine "Deadline", part of the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, DR. From 1994-98 she was head of DR's Radio Newsroom. Ms Hedegaard has been a member and chairman of several Boards and Associations within fields like democratisation, journalism and international affairs. She received her Master's degree in Literature and History from University of Copenhagen.
She took up her position at the European Commission on 10 February 2010, working to address the importance of climate change in the 21st century.
Please click to view or download a video message by Connie Hedegaard on Global Sustainability Panel's Final Report.