Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 June 2016
News updated at 7:57 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.5°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Maldives cabinet meets underwater to seek action on climate

Last updated: 18 October, 2009
Colombo, Oct 18 (PTI)

Maldives, facing a grave threat of being swamped by the rising sea levels, appealed for concerted action on climate change with its cabinet holding the world's first underwater meeting to highlight the danger posed to low-lying nations like it by global warming.

Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed signs a document calling on all countries to cut Co2 emissions during an underwater meeting in Male on Saturday. APThe Maldivian cabinet met at the bottom of the sea on Saturday to frame an SOS to global leaders to save their atoll nation from being submerged by the rising seas.

A declaration approved at the end of a 25 minute meeting, presided by President Mohammad Nasheed, called for global action to combat climate change and would be presented at the Copenhagen climate summit in December.

"We should come out of Copenhagen with a deal that will ensure that everyone will survive," said Nasheed. "Maldives is a frontline state and what happens to us today will happen to others tomorrow," the 42-year old President of this picturesque group of coral islands said at the meeting held six metres below the surface of a lagoon off Girifushi island, about 35 nautical miles from capital Male.

Nasheed and his cabinet colleagues, wearing face masks, scuba-dived to their underwater rendezvous and spent 45 minutes sitting across tables immersed to the sea bottom.

The declaration said global warming was sending the ice caps crashing into the sea leading to sharp rise in water levels and threats to the low-lying nations, the Presidential spokesperson said over phone from Male.

The ministers dressed in scuba suits arrived by speed boats to the island and then dived to the cabinet meeting.

Nasheed and his colleagues used white boards and hand signals to communicate their decisions at the under-sea meet. All the ministers had undergone diving courses for the past two months to keep their underwater date.

The Maldivian ministers went to these extraordinary lengths as a UN panel on climate change had warned that even a rise of sea levels between 18 to 60 cm would submerge the islands by 2100.

Maldives comprises of more than 100 islands scattered over an area of 800 kms across the equator, and 90 per cent are just one metre above sea level.

While his ministers had to take diving lessons, Nasheed himself an experienced diver very confidently presided over the world's first underwater cabinet meeting, the spokesperson said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523