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Bo Lidegaard in 2011

Bo Lidegaard (born 23 January 1958)[1] is a Danish historian, diplomat, author and editor in chief of daily broadsheet newspaper Politiken.

He is the son of authors Mads Lidegaard and Else Lidegaard, and is the brother of Danish political figure Martin Lidegaard. Bo Lidegaard graduated from Gentofte Statsskole in 1976, and became cand. phil. in history at the University of Copenhagen in 1984. He received his Ph.D. after completing a dissertation on Henrik Kauffmann in 1997.[2] He has authored a number of books on Danish history.[3]

Lidegaard started his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. He served at Danish representations in Geneva and Paris, before leaving the foreign service in 2000. In 2005 he joined the Ministry of the State, as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, initially heading the Foreign and Security Affairs section, and was later in charge of the Climate Change secretariat.[4] During the build-up to COP 15, he headed the Danish overarching coordination secretariat, he proposed the development of what would become the controversial "Danish Text".[5] In April 2011 Lidegaard accepted the offer to succeed deceased Tøger Seidenfaden as editor in chief of Politiken.[3]


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  1. ^ "Bo Lidegaard" (in Danish). Altinget. Archived from the original on 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Bo Lidegaard". Den Store Danske (in Danish). Gyldendal. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b Lohse, Gregers (2011-04-26). "Bo Lidegaard ny chefredaktør for Politiken". (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. Archived from the original on 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Permanent Under-Secretary of State Bo Lidegaard" (in Danish). Statsministeriet. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. 
  5. ^ Meilstrup, Per. "The Runaway Summit: The Background Story of the Danish Presidency of COP15, the UN Climate Change Conference" (PDF). Danish Institute for International Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-15.