UN appoints former NYC Mayor Bloomberg cities, climate change envoy
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Friday appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for cities and climate change, in a bid to build momentum ahead of a planned UN conference in September.
Mr Ban said Mr Bloomberg will assist him in "consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and mobilise action among cities as part of his long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change".
Mr Ban is seeking to re-energise the global climate change debate and boost the UN's role. The UN role for Mr Bloomberg - a billionaire philanthropist who left office last month - was reported by Reuters on Thursday.
In a statement, Mr Bloomberg said cities had emerged as a leading force in the battle against climate change. His appointment as UN special envoy is for two years.