High Ambition Coalition

For Nature and People


Ms Bérangère ABBA

French Secretary of State for Biodiversity

Ms Abba was first a cultural and media professional before engaging in politics. A former mayor and MP (2017-2020), she has been a member of the French National Council for an Ecological Transition. As an MP, she worked on numerous topics including protected areas, forest exploitation, clean mobility and the management of radioactive waste. She also worked on environmental justice in the context of a bill on a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.



Ms. Elizabeth Mrema has worked with the UN Environment Programme for over two decades and was the Director of the Law Division at UNEP. She was also Deputy Director of the Ecosystems Division. Prior to these duties, she also served as Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. Her work at UNEP has focused on development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, including multilateral environmental agreements at national, regional and international levels.

The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith

Minister of State (Minister for Pacific and the Environment)

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.

Virginijus Sinkevičius

Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the EU

Mr Sinkevičius was from 2017 to 2019 Minister of Economy, and before he was leading the Committee of Economy at the Parliament of Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius was elected to the Parliament in October 2016. Prior, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius holds BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and a Master‘s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.

Dr. Enric Sala

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. He has earned numerous honors for his work, including 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, and 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Sala earned a Ph.D. in ecology from Aix-Marseille University, France.


Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

She is an expert in sustainable development with more than 20 years of experience in formulating public policies and executing projects. She has worked in more than 15 Latin American countries in multidisciplinary projects financed by various multilateral organizations (IDB, World Bank, CAF, European Union, UNDP), bilateral (AECID, GIZ) and National governments.



He was elected as CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility in June 2020. The Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister was a pioneer in the development of Payment for Ecosystem Services for forest restoration, ocean conservation, de-carbonization, and is an expert on environmental policy, multilateral environmental negotiations, and financing for nature conservation. His positions over the past 30 years include: Director of Costa Rica’s National Parks Service, founder of environmental NGOs, negotiator in UNFCCC, CBD, and UNCCD, and participant in the creation and implementation of the GEF and Green Climate Fund.

JANUARY 11, 2021 – 18:30 CET



WHY 30×30

Restoring nature is possible, achievable and necessary! But it will take a global effort from all nations.