Ex-governor of the Bank of Canada, outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney is to be appointed the UN's special envoy on climate action and climate finance.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of a climate summit that opens in Madrid on Monday, [Secretary-General Antonio] Guterres described Carney as "a remarkable pioneer in pushing the financial sector to work on climate."
Carney, who is due to step down as head of the Bank of England in January, has urged the financial sector to transform its management of climate risk, and led various international initiatives to improve supervision and disclosure. Carney also served as Bank of Canada governor from 2008 to 2013.
Guterres warned that not enough was being done by world leaders to combat climate change and called for action.
"For many decades, the human species has been at war with the planet and the planet is fighting back ... we must stop our war against nature and science tells us that we can do it," said the UN chief.
"The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is releasing its state of the climate report at this conference and its findings are clear. The last five years have been the hottest ever recorded, sea levels are the highest in human history, ice caps are melting at unprecedented speeds and the oceans are becoming more acidic with all its consequences," he added.I'm certain of one thing. This will be the toughest job Carney has ever tackled.