R.K. Pachauri Steps Down As IPCC Chairman

  • Date: 24/02/15
  • The Hindu

After facing allegations of sexual harassment, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has stepped down as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with effect from Tuesday.

While there are reports that Dr. Pachauri, who is also director general of The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) has gone on leave, it was not confirmed. A spokesperson for Dr. Pachauri issued a statement that he has informed the IPCC that he has resigned from his position effective from Tuesday.

In response to a request from The Hindu, the IPCC said it cannot comment or speculate on the judicial process while it is running its course. “Until this case is resolved there is a presumption of innocence,” according to Jonathan Lynn, Head, Communications and Media Relations, IPCC.

Read Dr. R.K. Pachauri’s resignation letter here

An IPCC press release said after he stepped down, The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed on Tuesday, in accordance with its procedures, to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair.

The decision to name Mr. Gizouli was taken at a Session of the Bureau ahead of the 41st Session of the IPCC which will be held in Nairobi. “The actions taken today will ensure that the IPCC’s mission to assess climate change continues without interruption,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), who facilitated the Bureau meeting. “We look forward to a productive session in Nairobi this week,” he added in the press release.

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