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UN climate panel head steps down after sex claims: Statement

AFP , Tuesday 24 Feb 2015
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. (Photo:AP)
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The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, has stepped down, the organisation announced Tuesday, amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate.

"The bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agreed on Tuesday... to designate vice-chair Ismail El Gizouli as acting IPCC chair," it said. "The designation of Gizouli follows the decision by Rajendra K Pachauri, PhD, to step down as chairman of the IPCC effective today."

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