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Head of UN climate change panel skips Nairobi meet amid sexual harassment allegations in India

  • FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks during a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo.  The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said its chairman, R.K. Pachauri, would skip next week's plenary session in the Kenyan capital "because of issues demanding his attention in India." (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra K. Pachauri speaks during a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said its chairman, R.K. Pachauri, would skip next week's plenary session in the Kenyan capital "because of issues demanding his attention in India." (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2010 file photo,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri listens to a speaker at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, India. The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment . (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, file)

    FILE- In this Feb. 6, 2010 file photo,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri listens to a speaker at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, India. The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment . (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, file)  (The Associated Press)

The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment.

A statement from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says R.K. Pachauri will skip the panel's plenary session next week in the Kenyan capital "because of issues demanding his attention in India."

While the organization refused to elaborate, Pachauri is being investigated after a 29-year-old woman accused him of sexually harassing her while they worked together at the New Delhi lobbying and research organization he heads, The Energy Resources Institute.

The 75-year-old Pachauri said in a statement Saturday night he is "committed to provide all assistance and cooperation to the authorities in their ongoing investigations."