Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th mayor of New York City, and currently President of the Board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) has been appointed to serve as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change to the United Nations. In this role, Bloomberg will work with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to foster further climate actions among cities to combat the growing impacts of climate change and severe weather. As a Special Envoy, Bloomberg will consult with mayors around the world to spur both political commitment and concrete action. His role will also include providing city driven solutions for the 2014 Climate Summit that will be held in New York, September 2014.
“Cities around the world are taking bold, measurable action to reduce carbon emissions and become more resilient – and they have emerged as a leading force in the battle against climate change,” he said in a statement issued today. “Cities account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and two-thirds of the world’s energy use today, and their total population is projected to double by 2050 – so the steps they take now to combat climate change will have a major impact on the future of our planet. Cities have shown they have the capacity and the will to meet this challenge – and I look forward to working with them and the United Nations to accelerate progress.”
Bloomberg has a significant track record, having shown decades-long leadership in the area of sustainability which began on a local scale when he implemented a metrics-based programs to create a greener New York City via PlaNYC, and then globally through his efforts to implement measurable, scalable, and economically sound approaches around the world.
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