Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt is a Commercial Engineer graduated from Chile's Pontificia Universidad Católica. In the first period of President Sebastián Piñera (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.
She expects through her convening role that these State issues will make progress regardless the administration in office, with the aim of promoting climate action as a cornerstone of State policies.