The United Nations has ruled out an inquiry into allegations against former chair of the UN’s panel on climate change Rajendra Pachauri and said a a new head will be elected later this year to replace him.
“We’re aware of the allegations, which refer to incidents that may have occurred related to Pachauri’s organisation, own think-tank which is not linked to the United Nations, which is not a United Nations entity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.
When asked if a probe will be conducted, Dujarric ruled out a UN inquiry into the allegations against Pachauri.
Pachauri resigned from his position as Chair of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on February 24 after a woman employee of his think-tank TERI in New Delhi accused him of sexual harassment.
Dujarric said the “allegations are being, from my understanding, thoroughly investigated by the Indian authorities.” On whether the Secretary-General has taken any decision on appointing a new climate chief, Dujarric said it is not up to the UN Chief to appoint IPCC chief.
With inputs from PTI.
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