Carrie Johnson visits the Colosseum alongside partners of world leaders

Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The 33-year-old, who is expecting her second child with the Prime Minister, joined spouses of world leaders attending the G20 summit a day before the start of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow that will be hosted by Boris Johnson.

The heads of the world’s 20 biggest economies kicked off two days of talks in Rome today (Saturday) where they are set to acknowledge the existential threat of climate change, a landmark deal aimed at stopping big business from parking profits in tax havens and plans for global vaccinations.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told the start of the meeting:

“From the pandemic, to climate change, to fair and equitable taxation, going it alone is simply not an option.”

The G20, which includes nations such as China, India, Germany, UK, Brazil and the United States, accounts for more than 80% of the world’s gross domestic product, 60% of its population and an estimated 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

As the world leaders gathered, their spouses paid a visit to The Colosseum, an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age.

Many of the G20 leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, will fly straight to Glasgow for the start on Monday of the United Nation’s climate summit, known as COP26, which is seen as crucial to addressing the threat of rising temperatures.

COP26 is the largest international event of its kind ever to be held in the UK with more than 25,000 delegates arriving in the city of Glasgow tomorrow and Monday – including world leaders, opinion formers and top businesses. It will work to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5C and protect our planet and people from the impacts of climate change.

The UK has already achieved notable successes so far. Around 70% of the world’s economy is now covered by net zero targets, up from less than 30% when the UK took on the Presidency of COP26.

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