María José Baptista
United Nations Environment Programme
Interagency/Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, Coordinator of the UNEP Extractives Hub
María José is a Costa Rican lawyer working for the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to bring the environmental perspective into interagency and intergovernmental processes in UN Headquarters. As part of this role, she is supporting the Secretary General’s Working Group on Transforming the Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development. She is also the coordinator of UNEP’s Extractives Hub. From 2011 to 2021 she worked for the UNEP-hosted Secretariat of the International Resource Panel, where she led the development of scientific publications on sustainable land management, food systems, the economic potential of resource efficiency, the interlinkages between resource efficiency and climate change, and the flagship IRP report ‘Global Resources Outlook’, among others. Prior to joining UNEP, María José worked at the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme on the Economic Valuation of Biodiversity in the region. She also served as an attorney for the Legal Department of the Inter-America Development Bank in Washington DC and worked with the World Resources Forum on topics related to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.