Washington, D.C. — Today, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of New York City, to serve as the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change. Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, released the following statement:
Michael Bloomberg has been a leader and champion on climate change. His appointment as the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change is a recognition of the work he has done to promote sustainability and resiliency in New York and cities across the United States, and reflects the importance of adapting these policies in cities across the globe to address climate change. Cities account for more than two-thirds of the world’s energy use today. Finding ways for cities to operate more efficiently and effectively is important if we are to be successful in cutting carbon pollution and addressing climate change. Michael Bloomberg is a perfect fit for this role, and I wish him well and look forward to working with him on this important challenge.
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