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UN tabs Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

Cities play an essential role in addressing climate change.
Cities play an essential role in addressing climate change.
Mark Butkus

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations announced on Friday that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed as, Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

As mayor of New York City for more than ten years, Bloomberg spearheaded PlanNYC which seeks to reduce New York's carbon footprint by 30 percent in 2017 against a 2005 baseline. Overall, the City seeks to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent by 2030 using the same 2005 baseline.

Currently serving as President of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership Group Bloomberg will assist Ban Ki-moon on the Secretary General's long-term strategy to promote climate change efforts for the world's largest cities. Together, they hope to table concrete solutions at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York that Ban Ki-moon will host in September.

The September forum will not be the first time that Bloomberg addresses key international stakeholders on climate change. He addressed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. As well, the C40 is hosting its fifth biennial Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa this week to discuss urban solutions on climate change. The three day summit, led by Bloomberg begins tomorrow.