Ex-New York mayor Bloomberg named UN climate envoy

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a conference in Washington in January 2013 Mr Bloomberg spoke out on climate change during his 12 years as mayor

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Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed as UN special envoy for cities and climate change.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants Mr Bloomberg to "raise political will and mobilise action" on climate change, a UN spokesman said.

He will also work to bring "concrete solutions" to a major climate summit in New York in September.

As New York City mayor, Mr Bloomberg accused US politicians of a failure of leadership on climate change.

He later hinted at a link between Hurricane Sandy and global warming.

Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, welcomed Mr Bloomberg's appointment, posting on Twitter: "Mayor @MikeBloomberg knows how to get things done. We need more leaders like him here @UN."

Mr Bloomberg, a former news tycoon, made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor of New York City.

The UN will host a one-day climate change summit in New York on 23 September 2014.

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