UN climate chief to miss session after sex harassment case

R.K. Pachauri AP Photo

The United Nations’ top climate change official will not chair a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials said Feb. 22.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), pulled out due to “issues demanding his attention”, the UN body said.

His cancellation comes after Delhi police said Pachauri, 74, was accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old female researcher from his Delhi-based thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

“A lady had lodged an FIR (first information report) against him (Pachauri) for sexual harassment… about a week ago and the matter is under investigation now,” Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told AFP.

The female employee has accused Pachauri of repeated inappropriate behaviour, including through emails, text and WhatsApp messages, according to police.

Pachauri has denied all charges, saying his emails and mobile phone were hacked…