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

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."