President Nasheed visited United Kingdom; US Secretary of State Clinton welcomes cooperation between US and the Maldives on human rights; Vice President met Bangladeshi High Commissioner; ADB’s Technical Assistance to the Maldives;
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  • President Mohamed Nasheed left for Britain on December 1 to address the Oxford Union. During his visit, he met the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles at Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince. He also held talks with senior members of the British government, including Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague, and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne.1 During the visit, President Nasheed appointed Mike Mason as his advisor on energy, at a ceremony held at Oxford University.2 President Mohamed Nasheed released the Climate Vulnerable Monitor 2010 which is a major new global report on the state of the climate crisis by DARA, a Madrid based leading humanitarian organisation, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a group of committed most vulnerable countries.3

    In another development, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has welcomed the excellent cooperation between the United States and the Maldives on human rights promotion and protection around the world.4 Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed met with Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the Maldives Rear Admiral Abu Saeed Mohamed Abdul Awal.5

    In other developments, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reportedly announced new cooperation with the Maldives to provide technical assistance in setting up investment plans to help the country to become carbon neutral by 2020.6 In other developments, President Mohamed Nasheed has received the award for Policy at the World Technology Awards 2010 convened by the World Technology Network in New York City.7