Pachauri not to quit IPCC

Pachauri not to quit IPCC

Pachauri not to quit IPCC

R K PachauriCertainly not. But we will certainly implement any constructive recommendations that we get (from the UN committee). As matter of fact, I would be responsible for implementing the recommendations. How can I walk away from that?” Pachauri said.

He was asked whether he would consider stepping down if the UN-constituted Inter-Academic Council review was to conclude that the IPCC had not followed proper procedures.

Accepting moral responsibility for the error in the fourth assessment report which had claimed that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, Pachauri said he also accepted the responsibility placed on him by the world governments by electing him as IPCC Chairman, he told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN’s ‘Devil’s Advocate’ programme.

Asked whether he was ‘determined’ to complete his term ending in 2015, he said he would not withdraw from the task assigned to him.

“I have a mission to end the fifth assessment report and I am certainly not going to withdraw from that,” he said.

“We will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the error in the fourth report is not there in the fifth report.”

Asked whether he felt embarrassed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon setting up a committee of top scientists to review IPCC, he said, “That is wrong.”

“Let me correct that. That is something that the IPCC has initiated. We wrote a letter to all the governments on February 16 saying that we would like to set up a review committee to look into our procedures and practices and then we joined hands with the Secretary General of the UN.

“You can look into the documentation, and the letter to the Inter-Academic Council has been jointly signed by Mr Ban Ki-moon and me. It is wrong to say that the Secretary-General has ordered something.”