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NEW YORK (AP) - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes (payz) will succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as head of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Bloomberg made the announcement Tuesday at New York City Hall. The group is a network of the world's megacities aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bloomberg's term as chairman of the group ends next month. On a conference call with Paes, Bloomberg gave what he said is his traditional advice: He jokingly told the chairman to not "screw it up."

Bloomberg's 12 years as mayor will end Dec. 31. The 71-year-old billionaire says he will continue to use his money to advocate gun control, climate change and immigration reform.

He also says he hopes New York's mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, will continue to combat climate change.

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