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UNITED NATIONS — Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed Friday as the UN special envoy for cities and climate change, a role that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose Bloomberg, who made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor and was very outspoken on how cities should be run to cope with ever increasing populations without harming the environment.
UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Bloomberg will assist the UN chief in his consultations with mayors and other key parties ‘‘to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his longer-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.’’