In the wake of Pope Francis calling for a greater effort to curb climate change, the Vatican has invited dozens of mayors from around the world to discuss environmental issues.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be in Rome this week for a Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking.

In the wake of Pope Francis last month calling for a greater effort to curb climate change, the Vatican has invited dozens of mayors from around the world to discuss environmental issues.

Murray will speak to the gathering on Tuesday about Seattleā€™s attempts to prepare for and adapt to climate change, his office says. The two-day conference will wrap up Wednesday.

Human trafficking will also be discussed; organizers say climate change and human trafficking both involve the exploitation of the earth and its people and hit poor people the hardest.

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The mayors of New York City, Portland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston are also participating.

The Vatican trip marks the third time Murray has traveled internationally on official business since taking office in January 2014. He spent time in Ireland last year and in Israel last month.

His Vatican airfare and accommodations will be paid for by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, his office says.