International - Ban appoints former New York Mayor as envoy on cities, climate change - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change to galvanize urban action to reduce greenhouse emissions ahead of the UN climate summit this coming September.
A UN statement made available to PANA in New York, said Mr Bloomberg would assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.
It said that the appointment would also help in bringing concrete solutions to the 2014 Climate Summit that the Secretary-General would host in New York on 23 September 2014.
Mr. Bloomberg, who left office as Mayor on 31 December after 12 years in the job, currently serves as the President of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, a network of large cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.
He had served as New York City’s 108th Mayor, and began his career in 1966 at Salomon Brothers, a Wall Street investment bank.
He had launched Bloomberg LP in 1981, a financial news and information company.
In 2007, Bloomberg addressed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia.
The UN chief invited leaders from governments, businesses, finance and civil society to bring 'bold announcements and actions' to the September summit.
Ban noted that the actions would raise the level of ambition through new and more robust action on climate change.
He also said that cities played an essential role in developing and implementing actions and driving ambition, significantly affecting climate change.