Former NY mayor Bloomberg named UN envoy on climate change

by Search Gate staff. Published Fri 31 Jan 2014 22:38
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

The ambassadorial role is intended to raise political will and mobilise action among cities as part of the UN's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.

Bloomberg is expected to act as the catalyst to bring effective solutions to the 2014 Climate Summit that the UN is hosting in New York this September.

The former news tycoon, who left office as Mayor at the end of last year 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.

The Secretary-General has invited leaders from Governments, businesses, finance and civil society to bring “bold announcements and actions” to the September 23 summit to raise the level of ambition through new and more robust action on climate change.

The UN believes cities play an essential role in developing and implementing actions and driving ambition, significantly affecting climate change.

Mr. Bloomberg, who served as New York City’s 108th Mayor, began his career in 1966 at Salomon Brothers, a Wall Street investment bank, and launched Bloomberg LP in 1981, a financial news and information company. In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg addressed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia.

In April of that year, UN Director of Sustainable Development JoAnne DiSano welcomed Bloomberg’s plans to reduce the strain on natural resources such as water, air and land by instituting a more energy-efficient city by rebuilding an ageing water infrastructure, fostering greater support for mass transit, putting limits on vehicule congestion and creating more energy-efficient buildings.

“This is exactly the type of initiative that we would like more cities and communities to undertake,” she said then. “Real development has to allow for economic growth and social development in an environmentally balanced way. We are strongly encouraged by this proposal.”

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