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Commissioner Hedegaard was appointed as the EU's first ever Commissioner for Climate Action in February 2010. In August 2004 she was appointed as Danish Minister for the Environment. In 2007 she was in charge of setting up the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, where one of the main tasks was to prepare the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Connie Hedegaard began her political career while a student at the University of Copenhagen. In 1984, at the age of 23, she was elected to the Danish Parliament as a member for the Conservative People's Party, thereby becoming the youngest Danish MP ever at that time, and in 1985 she became Chair of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders. In 1989, Connie Hedegaard became first spokesperson for the Conservative People's Party, but chose to leave politics for journalism in 1990.
Apart from working as a politician and journalist, Connie Hedegaard has sat on a number of committees and boards, including chairing the Centre for Cultural Cooperation with Developing Countries (CKU) and as a member of the board of the Danish Parliament's Democracy Foundation. She has received various prizes for her involvement in and contributions to social debate, due in great part to her wide-ranging activities as a lecturer and author. Her publications include Da klimaet blev hot, [When the climate got hot] published in Denmark in 2008, as well as contributions to several anthologies and topical books. Connie Hedegaard lives in Brussels and in Hellerup, Denmark with her husband, Jacob, and their two sons.