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Mayor to discuss climate emergency with Pope Francis at Vatican climate summit

  • May 14, 2024
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Mayor to discuss climate emergency with Pope Francis at Vatican climate summit

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan will lead a delegation of city leaders from around the world at a crucial climate summit to be held at the Vatican this week. Acting in his role both as Mayor of London and as Co-Chair of C40 Cities, Sadiq will speak to world leaders at the ‘Climate Crisis to Climate Resilience’ summit this Thursday, hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

As the Mayor of one of the most diverse cities in the world, and home to more than one million Catholics, and as the first Muslim Mayor in the Western world, Sadiq is expected to discuss with His Holiness Pope Francis and global city leaders how co-operation between different faiths can be a catalyst for unity, as well as a driving force behind action to protect the planet.

Sadiq will have a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis – the first London Mayor to do so at the Vatican and a rare opportunity for the Mayor to share ongoing strategies and challenges that London and other global cities face in the realm of climate action. Pope Francis has repeatedly called for greater action to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in 2019 declared a ‘global climate emergency’. Pope Francis’ urgent call to action was outlined in his Laudate Deum.

The summit will focus on reducing climate risks, adaptation strategies and societal climate transformation, with Sadiq sharing knowledge and insights on the progress London has made over his first two terms and his plans for the future. The Mayor will be joined by the Mayors of Boston, Paris, Rome, Athens and Milan, alongside other leaders from around the world including Governor of California, Gavin Newsom; Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul; Hoesung Lee, Former chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Mary Robinson; Former President of Ireland.

Sadiq’s role at the summit follows his historic address to the UN Climate Ambition Summit at the UN General Assembly last year, in which he called cities ‘climate titans’, using their ‘might and muscle’ to make a decisive difference to bring down carbon emissions, and warning fossil fuel companies to either ‘get on board, or get left behind’.

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