Mayors discuss ways to promote equality, environmental protection in their cities

“All of the mayors from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa who spoke July 22 mentioned the growing number of poor people in their cities and the increasing gap between their wealthiest and poorest residents, even in cities like Boston or Vancouver with thriving economies and low unemployment rates.”

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A woman takes a photo during a workshop on climate change and human trafficking attended by mayors from around the world in the synod hall at the Vatican July 21. Many mayors stayed a second day at the Vatican July 22 to discuss other topics. (CNS/Paul Haring) A woman takes a photo during a workshop on climate change and human trafficking attended by mayors from around the world in the synod hall at the Vatican July 21. Many mayors stayed a second day at the Vatican July 22 to discuss other topics. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Many of the mayors who met July 21 with Pope Francis stayed at the Vatican for a second day of discussions focused on city planning that promotes economic growth, equality and environmental protection simultaneously.

Jeffrey Sachs, a U.S. economist and head of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, told the mayors that Pope Francis’ call for “integral human development” matches the United Nations’ definition of sustainable development, which promotes “economic growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.”

In such an approach, he said, there is a “triple bottom line: the economic, social and…

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