Diplomacy and U.S. Economic Prosperity

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The Week at​ State​ |​ September 27 – October 3

Screenshot of video of The Week At State, September 27 - October 3, showing Secretary Blinken speaking.
Secretary Blinken and a few others sit at tables at the center of a room, with about fifty people seated in chairs around them.

Take a look at The Week at State video for a review of key events of the past week, including Secretary Blinken’s travel to Pittsburgh to participate in the inaugural U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Ministerial. Visit our YouTube channel for more videos.

Diplomacy and U.S. Economic Prosperity

Secretary Blinken traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 29-30, where he co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, and European Commission Executive Vice Presidents Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovskis. Read the fact sheet and the stories below for more information, and watch the spotlight video here.

Secretary Blinken, wearing a mask, sitting at a table during the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council meetings.
Secretary Blinken sits at a table during the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council meetings.
Secretary Blinken and another man look at someone in protective gear holding up a test tube.
Deputy Secretary Sherman and others sit at a table during a meeting.
Secretary Blinken and Thai Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pramudwinai stand and speak in a formal room, with their country flags behind them.
Secretary Blinken and Singaporean Foreign Minister Balakrishnan sit at desks with their country flags in the background.
Screenshot of video with Jessica Stern and the text “Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons”.
Secretary Blinken speaking, with a U.S. flag next to him.
Seven people, three of whom are holding signs with the U.S. flag and COVAX, stand on the tarmac in front of crates of vaccine doses and a jet.

Purpose of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council

“Our task at the #TTC is to create a compelling vision for global trade and technology that serves our people, protects our interests, and fosters a spirit of innovation. Meeting these goals will also reinforce democratic values and respect for human rights,”​ Secretary Blinken on Twitter.

Secretary Blinken’s Roundtable with Labor Leaders

“I had a great roundtable with labor leaders in Pittsburgh to discuss what the U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council means for American workers,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. “We are working to ensure that our foreign policy delivers economic prosperity for all our people. #TTC” Read his opening remarks before the event.

Secretary Blinken Visits Pittsburgh Tech Businesses, Research Centers

While in Pittsburgh for the U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council, Secretary Blinken visited ARGO AI, a self-driving technology company, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Research Facility. “Biomedical research is key to protecting public health, including reducing the risk of future pandemics. Thank you to the team at @PittTweet Biomedical Research Facility for saving lives and improving American health security,”​ Secretary Blinken on Twitter.

Deputy Sherman Meets with Swiss Business Leaders about Workforce Training Opportunities

“Building the workforce of the future is key to building back better. That’s why I met with some of the Swiss companies that are providing high-quality training for more than 40,000 workers in America to discuss Switzerland’s world-class approach to apprenticeships,” Deputy Secretary Sherman on TwitterFollow her on Twitter to see more about her current trip to Switzerland, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan.

Alliances and Partnerships

Secretary Blinken meets with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pramudwinai

“Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Parmudwinai and I reaffirmed our nations’ commitment to our treaty alliance,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. “Our alliance was founded on shared prosperity, security, and values, and remains strong today.” Read their full remarks here.

Singapore-United States Third-Country Training Program

“We have together trained more than 1,500 government officials from countries in the region, working in areas like cyber security, health security, [and] smart cities,” said Secretary Blinken during remarks at the signing of the Singapore-United States Third-Country Training Program (TCTP) Memorandum of Understanding Renewal. View archives of opening and closing remarks during past TCTP programs.

Diversity and Inclusion

Introducing Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ persons, Jessica Stern

“Jessica Stern’s work and advocacy have enhanced the visibility, safety, and well-being of LGBTQI+ persons across the globe,” Secretary Blinken on Twitter. “We are pleased she is joining @StateDept as the Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ persons, where she will continue her life-saving work.” Watch her spotlight video​ here.

Honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. At the @StateDept, we are proud to foster an environment of inclusion because we know it cultivates innovation,”​ Secretary Blinken in a video statement on Twitter. “To our colleagues with disabilities: thank you for your service & for helping us fulfill our mission. #NDEAM”

COVID-19 Recovery

U.S. Worldwide Vaccine Donations Continue

This week, the United States delivered COVID-19 vaccine doses to ten countries, including a delivery to Sri Lanka of nearly 800,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through @gavi #COVAX. This donation is in addition to the 1.5 million Moderna vaccine doses shared with Sri Lanka in July and the 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses shared in August. To date, we have provided more than 171 million vaccine doses worldwide. Visit our COVID-19 Donations page on State.gov for the latest updates.

This Week

September 27 – October 8: Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Pershing’s Travel to South Africa, Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Senegal

September 29 – October 8: Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Travel to Switzerland, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan

October 4 – 6: Secretary Blinken’s Travel to France and Mexico

Looking Ahead

October 28 – 29: Indo-Pacific Business Forum

October 30 – 31: G20 Leaders Summit

October 31 – November 12:​ COP26 – United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties

Visit State.gov for the latest news and updates. For information about Press Briefings and activities of the Secretary of State, check the Public Schedule page on State.gov.

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