(WASHINGTON) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Michael Bloomberg has a new job. Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Bloomberg Friday on his appointment to serve as the United Nations’ first Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
“He has long been a champion of significant action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in cities and bring about a global clean energy economy, and I know he approaches both goals with the sense of urgency and responsibility that this challenge demands,” Kerry said Friday in a State Department release. “I can’t think of a person better suited for this important new role.”
Kerry calls cities the “incubators of economic growth, innovation, and social change,” and says he knows Mayor Bloomberg understands how the world’s cities respond to climate change will have the biggest impact on this “global challenge.”
As New York City mayor, Bloomberg instituted initiatives for cutting greenhouse emissions by 20 percent. According to the State Department release, Bloomberg also worked to unite large cities around the world to pursue sustainable living options.
Bloomberg is expected to play a significant role the United Nation’s 2014 Climate Summit to take place in New York next fall.
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