Monday, October 19, 2009
Discovery Channel, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Hoping to draw attention to his country's unique challenges in the face of climate change, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, held the world's first underwater cabinet meeting.
Amongst the fish and coral in a blue lagoon off Girifushi Island, President Nasheed, his vice president and 11 cabinet ministers used the occasion to sign a document calling for an international effort to halt global warming.
Each member of the president's team donned scuba gear and sat at a desk equipped with nameplates and waterproof pencils. They all employed hand signals to communicate with one another.