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  • R K Pachauri conferred highest French award

    14 July 2006

    Ambassador Girard presents the Legion of Honour award

    Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, today received the award of Officer of the Legion of Honour from the French Ambassador, Mr Dominique Girard. The Legion of Honour- or Legion d'Honneur - is France's highest distinction. Dr Pachauri has been appointed the Officer of the Legion of Honour for his immense contributions to the field of environment and sustainable development.

    The Legion of Honour was created to reward eminent military and civil merits in the service of France; and is the highest distinction that can be conferred in France on a French citizen as well as on a foreigner. Founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is one of his most important creations with the Napoleonic Code.

    Dr Pachauri assumed his current responsibilities as the head of TERI in 1981, first as Director and, since April 2001, as Director-General. In April 2002, Dr Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme in 1988. He has been active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.