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Vancouver mayor meets with Pope Francis to discuss climate change

WATCH: Sixty mayors from around the world are in Rome for a two-day meeting at the Vatican, talking about curbing global warming. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson tells Global News what has been discussed so far.

Mayor Gregor Robertson met with Pope Francis on Tuesday to discuss Vancouver’s role in the battle against climate change and poverty.

After day one of the conference he told Global News that

“Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humanity today, and it was a remarkable honour to meet with Pope Francis to discuss how cities and the global community can and must act to drastically reduce climate pollution.”

Robertson was the only mayor from Canada invited to attend the conference held in Rome at the Vatican. As the world prepares for two major international conferences this fall — The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the COP21 — this conference couldn’t have been at a better time. According to the City of Vancouver, it is hoped that the nations of the world will come to a universal agreement to address climate change.  Robertson will represent Vancouver at the COP2 in Paris in December, where he hopes to gain insight on how to achieve his goal: for Vancouver to be “the greenest city by 2020.”

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