Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment)

The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith

Biography

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.

Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment)

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

  • ocean and Blue Belt
  • international environment, climate, biodiversity
  • forestry and biodiversity
  • illegal wildlife trade

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

  • the Pacific region

The Minister’s additional Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs responsibilities include:

  • animal welfare, on farm and companion animals
  • conservation
  • COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) nature
  • International Whaling Commission
  • Overseas Territories environment
  • agri-food trade
  • trade standards
  • Environment Bill in the House of Lords

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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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