Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg appointed UN cities and climate chief

3 February 2014

NEW YORK: Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will offer him an international platform to raise ambition on climate action.

In his new position Michael Bloomberg will assist UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in reenergizing climate action in cities, with a focus on bringing concrete solutions to the 2014 Climate Summit that Ban Ki-moon is hosting in September.

Ban Ki-moon selected Bloomberg for his legacy of sustainability and climate resilience work in NYC during his 12 years as the city’s 108th mayor.

As mayor, Bloomberg spearheaded PlaNYC, an initiative which brought 25 city agencies together to create a greener NYC and is widely accepted as an unprecedented effort to tackle climate change at the local level.

As part of PlaNYC, last year Bloomberg announced that all of NYC’s street lights will be LEDs by 2017. He also announced that the city’s air is the cleanest it has been in more than 50 years during an affiliate event at Climate Week NYC 2013.

Mayor Bloomberg was instrumental in launching Climate Week NYC in 2009 and has continued to support the hundreds of climate-focused events that have taken place across NYC during the summit's five years.

Bloomberg will continue to serve as President of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, a network of leading cities from around the world that are addressing climate change and which The Climate Group also helped initiate.

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group, said: “We congratulate Michael Bloomberg for his position with the UN. He has been a bold clean revolution leader during his time as mayor, and here at The Climate Group we have worked with him for many years on several ground-breaking projects - most importantly Climate Week NYC, which has been crucial in bumping climate change up the political agenda in the US.

“Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from governments, businesses and organizations to bring ‘bold announcements and actions’ to the Summit in September in order to raise the level of ambition across the world, and I think Bloomberg will more than help him achieve this.”

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