Dozens of mayors visited the Pope today – here’s what happened

A Strong Show of Commitment to Papal Agenda on Climate & Development at Vatican Event Today

Following the launch of the Encyclical Letter on the Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si, and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21, Pope Francis today convened more than 60 local leaders from around the world – including 20 C40 Mayors – to discuss the pressing topics of climate change and sustainable development in cities.

The two-day event reinforced the importance of addressing the challenge of climate change and its potentially deleterious effects on the social fabric in cities, highlighting the so-called “modern slavery” of social injustice that can be imposed on those most vulnerable to climate impacts.

In a packed agenda, which featured C40 Mayors from Johannesburg, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Vancouver and other global cities across the C40 network, Special Advisor to the C40 Chair Rodrigo Rosa made a speech emphasizing the need to further the global agenda on social justice and sustainable development. Speaking on behalf of the C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Rosa promised a sustained commitment in support of the Papal climate agenda:

“Cities are our “Common Home” and​ we must work together to make them safe, fair and sustainable. As leaders of our communities, we believe in cities as a force for good. By embracing their potential, we can address many of today’s most urgent challenges -​ including threats like climate change and modern slavery.​”

C40 Executive Director Mark Watts and C40 Mayors & representatives took the opportunity to meet today, discussing a common desire to bring today’s declaration to COP21

As a result of today’s workshop, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences released a Declaration to be signed by the mayors expressing commitment to creating socially inclusive, safe, resilient —> Read More