Former IPCC chairman R K Pachauri passes away at 79

14 Février, 2020, 05:12 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Ex-TERI chief R.K. Pachauri passes away

RK Pachauri, 79, founder director of New Delhi-based think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) and former chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), passed away on Thursday. He was put on life support on Tuesday and underwent an open heart surgery at the hospital, PTI quoted sources as having said. He died at his residence with his wife, daughter and son on his side.

He had underwent an open heart surgery at Escorts Heart Institute after suffering a stroke in Mexico in July a year ago, said a source, adding that he was critical.

"His courageous leadership allowed climate change to be recognised world over as the most pressing issue confronting the world and launched a new era of worldwide deliberations and actions", his family told PTI.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) expressed grief over the passing away of its founding director. He was the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. It said, "It is with huge sadness that we announce the passing away of Dr RK Pachauri, the Founder Director of TERI". "The entire TERI family stands with the family of Dr Pachauri in this hour of grief", it said in a release issued soon after his death was reported.

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An otherwise sterling career at TERI, many other leading organisations and corporations, came to an abrupt end after 2015 when Pachauri was accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague.

Mathur, who became the head of TERI after Pachauri in 2015, said, "Where Terry is today is due to the untiring efforts of Doctor Pachauri".

"Dr Pachauri's contribution to global sustainable development is unparalleled", said TERI Chairman Nitin Desai. A Delhi district court had filed molestation charges against Pachauri in October 2018, though Pachauri denied the charges leveled against him. An FIR was registered against Pachauri on February 13, 2015 and he was granted anticipatory bail in the case on March 21, 2015.

Significantly, the nation's main environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri was born on 20 August 1940 in Nainital.

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