Michael Bloomberg may no longer be the Mayor of New York, but he’s still committed to public service. On Friday, the 71-year-old billionaire and philanthropist was named the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give him an international outlet to wage a war against global warming.
“Cities are taking measurable action to reduce emissions, emerging as leaders in the battle against climate change,” Bloomberg tweeted after news of his appointment went public. “I look forward to working with cities around the world and the UN to accelerate progress.”
In his new role, Bloomberg will assist the U.N. chief “to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his longer-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change,” according to U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq. U.N. officials also hope that Bloomberg will offer “concrete solutions” to the climate summit he is slated to host in NYC on Sept. 23.