Mitch Landrieu joins Pope Francis, world leaders at Vatican summit

Mayor Landrieu visits Vatican

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins Pope Francis, a select group of mayors, local governors and representatives of the United Nations for a two-day summit at the Vatican.

The international leaders converged on Tuesday to discuss solutions to global issues such as climate change, human trafficking and sustainable development.

During the summit, Landrieu will offer formal remarks to the group about the challenges New Orleans has faced and how the city has become a model for resilience and sustainability.

"It is an honor and privilege to join His Holiness Pope Francis as he brings together this group of international leaders for an action-oriented gathering about opportunities and challenges facing local governments," said Landrieu in a press release. "This type of honest, proactive collaboration will help create more peaceful, prosperous and resilient communities around the world."

The Vatican says the event aims to raise the awareness among world leaders of the challenges and measures necessary in fighting climate change and modern slavery in local communities.

Landrieu took to Twitter Tuesday morning in Rome, tweeting: "Honored to meet Mayor of Rome @ignaziomarino to talk about two of the world's most historic cities. #resilience #NOLA"

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