Thursday, May 7, 2009

Maldives president receives 2009 Anna Lindh prize

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has won this year's Anna Lindh prize for his efforts to fight climate change and for peacefully bringing democracy to the island nation.

The Anna Lindh Memorial fund says 41-year-old Nasheed has underscored the "existential dimensions" of climate change by highlighting the effects it will have on the population of the Maldives.

In March, he declared that the Maldives would become the world's first carbon-neutral country within 10 years.

Wednesday's prize includes a cash award of 150,000 kronor ($19,000).

The prize was established to honor Lindh, the Swedish foreign minister who was stabbed to death in 2003. It supports those fighting prejudice and oppression.


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