(AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Vatican City to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis.
Brown's office announced Thursday that he will attend a two-day event starting July 21 hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.
The focus is on two issues highlighted in the pope's recent encyclical.
Brown, a one-time Jesuit seminarian, has been pushing for greater efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This week he spoke at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto.
Brown says the Vatican event will be attended by the pope, United Nations representatives and other mayors and governors.
The meeting of local officials comes as national governments attempt to reach an agreement to reduce emissions before they gather in Paris in December.