Mayor Hodges to Meet with Pope on Climate Change, Human Trafficking
Mayor Invited to Participate in Conferences at Vatican
July 17, 2015 (Minneapolis)—This coming week Mayor Betsy Hodges will head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis and participate in conferences on climate change and human trafficking. 
“I am deeply thankful that Pope Francis is tackling issues of such grave importance not only to Minneapolis but to the world,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “It’s an honor to have been invited to attend the gatherings at the Vatican. I look forward to learning how Minneapolis can join hands in global efforts around climate change and ending the factors that contribute to 21st century trade in human beings, and to sharing the successes that we as a city have achieved.”
Combating the impact of climate change on the City has been one of the focal points of the Mayor’s administration. Since taking office she has helped implement strong city-wide recycling goals, including a curbside organics collection program, that aims to make Minneapolis a zero-waste city.  Under her leadership the City created the first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Partnership which allows the City and utility companies to collaborate in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. She has also worked to empower individuals to do their part through President Obama’s Climate Action Champions challenge.
Mayor Hodges is one of 9 U.S. Mayors attending the conferences on July 21st and 22nd. She is the only Mayor from the Midwest and the only female mayor to make the trip.
At the conferences climate change and modern slavery will be discussed for the first time by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in conjunction with representatives from the world’s most important cities. Pope Francis' first Encyclical, emphasized the close correlation between these two global problems.
The event aims to raise the awareness among administrators of the challenges and measures necessary in fighting climate change and modern slavery in local communities.
You can read more about the conferences here:         
·         July 21: “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of The Cities”
·         July 22: “Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities” (in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network)


Published Jul 17, 2015



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