Michael Bloomberg resigned as UN special envoy for Climate Action just days before announcing his candidacy for the Democratic primary in the run-up to next year’s U.S. presidential elections, the organization said Monday.
According to spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, the 77-year-old billionaire announced his decision on November 11 in a letter sent to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Bloomberg, who had been preparing the ground for his electoral bid for some time, made his candidacy official this Sunday in a communiqué published on his campaign website.
According to Dujarric, the businessman was a “catalyst” to unite cities around the world to combat global warming from his position as special envoy for Cities and Climate Change, in which he was appointed in 2014 by the then head of the organization, Ban Ki-moon.
Later, in March 2018, Guterres made him his special envoy for Climate Action, a position from which he worked with governments, businesses and social organizations to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
This Sunday, in announcing his candidacy for the primaries, Bloomberg assured that his goal is to “defeat” Donald Trump and “rebuild” the United States.
“We cannot afford four more years of reckless and unethical actions by President Trump,” he said in a statement.
Bloomberg has joined a long list of Democratic hopefuls who now appear to be headed by former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The businessman, who has served in both the Republican and Democratic parties, offers a moderate option to Democratic voters a priori and will compete with the party’s most centrist wing candidates such as Biden and Buttigieg.