Former New York mayor appointed Secretary-General's envoy

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, at the Secretary-General's residence. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The former mayor of New York City in the United States has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Announcing the appointment on Friday, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq noted that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was serving as president of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership Group.

The group is a network of large cities from around the world committed to implementing sustainable climate-related actions locally that would help address climate change globally.

"Mr. Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his longer-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.  This includes bringing concrete solutions to the Climate Summit that the Secretary-General will host in New York on 23 September 2014." (19")

Mr. Bloomberg, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2013, addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Bali, Indonesia in 2007.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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