WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will accompany President Biden on travel to Vatican City, Italy, and the United Kingdom from October 28 to November 2, 2021.
Secretary Blinken will travel to Italy, October 28 to 31, 2021. He will join the President and the First Lady on a visit to Vatican City and an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Secretary will then accompany President Biden to the Summit of the G20 Heads of State and Government. Secretary Blinken will engage with foreign counterparts and private sector leaders on efforts to address shared challenges such as economic growth and job creation, health security, and combating the climate crisis.
From October 31 to November 2, Secretary Blinken will accompany President Biden to Glasgow, United Kingdom, for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held October 31 to November 12. Throughout the COP, the United States will focus on initiatives and partnerships with other countries and the private sector to mobilize ambitious action in key areas, including methane, clean energy, forests, climate-smart agriculture, industrial decarbonization, and adaptation. In his engagements, Secretary Blinken will underscore the Biden Administration’s whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis.