The United Nations has tapped former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg for a top climate post geared toward engaging governments and businesses to take action on climate change.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday announced Bloomberg will be appointed to serve as his Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, a role in which Bloomberg will “mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action” ahead of the COP 26 climate summit set to take place in Scotland later this year. The summit is seen as a key moment in the global effort to curb global warming six years after the Paris climate agreement was created.
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The UN said Bloomberg will work with governments, businesses, cities and financial institutions to secure new pledges to significantly reduce emissions over the next several decades.
He will also work with high-emitting nations and industries to accelerate the phase out of coal and a transition to a clean energy economy.
Bloomberg, who has campaigned on the issue of climate change, previously held roles as UN Special Envoy for Climate Action in 2018 and UN Special Envoy on Cities and Climate Change in 2014.
“Fighting climate change is a global challenge that requires strong global collaboration. I’m honored to be returning as Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General to help drive the fight forward and secure a greener, healthier future for generations to come,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
The appointment comes as the Biden administration has moved forward to rejoin the Paris climate accord, reversing former President Trump’s withdrawal from the pact aimed at limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
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