Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Become U.N. Climate Envoy

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, looks on before delivering his speech to delegates on the last day of the Conservative party conference, in the International Convention Centre on October 10, 2012 in Birmingham, England. In his speech to close the annual, four-day Conservative party conference, Prime Minister David Cameron stated 'I'm not here to defend priviledge, I'm here to spread it'. 
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Clare Foran
Jan. 31, 2014, 1:32 a.m.

In an ef­fort to spur ac­tion on cli­mate change, United Na­tions Sec­ret­ary-Gen­er­al Ban Ki-moon will name Former New York City May­or Mi­chael Bloomberg as spe­cial en­voy to the U.N. for cli­mate change and cit­ies, Re­u­ters re­ports.

Al­though the news has not been of­fi­cially an­nounced, the sec­ret­ary-gen­er­al could call on Bloomberg to step in­to the role as early as Fri­day.

As may­or, a post he re­tired from at the end of Decem­ber after hold­ing of­fice for three terms, Bloomberg etched out a repu­ta­tion as a cli­mate cham­pi­on with the launch of a num­ber of city-wide ini­ti­at­ives aimed at par­ing back emis­sions by 30 per­cent through 2030.

Bloomberg has also been act­ive in the C40 Cit­ies Cli­mate Lead­er­ship Group, a part­ner­ship ded­ic­ated to cut­ting green­house-gas emis­sions in the world’s largest cit­ies.

Sources close to the situ­ation spec­u­late that the U.N. sec­ret­ary-gen­er­al is hop­ing to put cli­mate ne­go­ti­ations back in the na­tion­al, and in­ter­na­tion­al spot­light ahead of a daylong United Na­tions cli­mate sum­mit in New York City in Septem­ber. 


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