Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt is a Commercial Engineer graduated at Chile's Pontificia Universidad Católica. During Sebastián Piñera’s first presidential period (2010-2014), she served as Minister of the National Women's Service and Minister of Education.
In August 2018, she became Minister of Environment with a clear purpose: the only way to achieve sustainable development is with care and respect for the environment.
She has a cross-cutting message: climate action and economic development do not move along separate tracks; on the contrary, it implies that the way to achieve a real sustainable development is the protection of the environment; in order to achieve this, adaptation and mitigation to climate change are essential.
One of her priorities is the incorporation of the gender perspective into public policies on environmental matters. She has pursued this initiative at the regional level, at the last Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean; and at the global level, at COP24 in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
She attaches great importance to multilateral agencies to solve global environmental problems; this is why in Poland, at the COP24, in an unprecedented action for a national secretary of state, Minister Schmidt took a leading role in global negotiations for the carbon market. Her commitment was such that she announced Chile as the host country for the COP25. "This is a huge challenge, which we take up as a historic milestone that will allow us to continue moving forward as a leading country in sustainable development and in our commitment to the environment" she said.
Within the priorities of her administration, she is working intensely on the drafting of the Framework Law on Climate Change, the implementation of the Waste Management Law, the Extended Producer Responsibility and the Promotion of Recycling, the modernization of the Projects Environmental Evaluation System and the approval of the Draft Bill for the creation of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service, and the Draft Bill on Environmental Offences that seeks to prevent serious damage to the natural patrimony.
The COP25 team is made up of the Minister of the Environment, Carolina Schmidt, who will take up the COP25 Presidency, and will have the collaboration of the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, and Fundación Imagen de Chile.
Every team member is a fundamental piece for the Summit's successful development, together with the COP25 Presidency Coordinator, Andrés Landerretche, the content Coordinator, Rodrigo Olsen and the Coordinator of the event, Cristián Varela with their respective teams. Fundación Imagen de Chile is in charge of the COP25 organisation and execution.
Playing a key role is the COP Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir, Co-founder and Executive President of TriCiclos, South America's first certified B Corporation and winner of the Circulars 2019 international award, colloquially known as the "Oscar of the World Circular Economy", which is announced annually by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The whole world is in a process of transformation towards a truly sustainable development. Raising the levels of ambition with a balance between mitigation and adaptation is essential. For this purpose, we need the participation of both the States and local governments and the private sector.
The COP must encourage concrete climate action, ensuring an inclusive process for all parties and the formal integration of the scientific world and the private sector.
Our challenge is to achieve a transition towards increased action and that is perceived by the general public. Climate change is a reality now, not in 50 years' time.