Environmentally friendly cities are good for economy and people: UN special envoy

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Taking action to promote environmentally friendly cities is not only good for the economy but it is also good for business and people.

That's what the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday following a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss his mission.

Mayor Bloomberg said that in the next 20 years about 70 per cent of the world's population is going to live in cities.

"I have a strong mission in front of me. I will spend an awful lot of time trying to explain why being environmentally friendly is not only good for the economy but is good, I believe for business and people today and I think that's what you really have to do. You have to convince people that it is their children today who are being hurt with polluted air and they are getting hurt when they drink water that isn't perfectly clean and they are the ones that are susceptible to having their houses washed away and their loved ones disappear." (27")

Mayor Bloomberg is currently serving as president of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership Group.

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

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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