Ministerial role

Minister of State (Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment)

Responsibilities

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

  • international environment, climate, biodiversity and conservation
  • animal welfare
  • forestry policy – domestic and international
  • International Whaling Commission
  • international ocean (including ocean and climate, marine biodiversity (including overseas territories marine biodiversity), marine litter and blue finance)
  • illegal wildlife trade, Corridors, Kaza
  • green recovery
  • international green finance
  • lead for Forestry Commission
  • Lords Minister for environment, including Environment Bill

The Minister’s additional Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office responsibilities include:

  • Pacific islands

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith

The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park is the Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He was first appointed as a Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and Defra on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development on 27 July 2019 and 10 September 2019.

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