April 2016


Walking the Himalaya with Levison Wood


Fresh from trekking the world’s toughest mountains, TV adventurer Levison Wood talks hiking tips and why travel’s always better on foot.

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Audley win Telegraph Travel Award for Best Tour Operator


We are delighted to have been awarded the Telegraph Travel Award for Best Tour Operator 2015/16.

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From Thilas to Kandus: Scuba Diving in the Maldives


With 20 atolls and around 1,200 islands the Maldives are, without doubt, one of the finest dive sites that our Blue Planet has to offer. Almost every diver dreams about visiting this stunning archipelago at least once in their lifetime.

The azure blue lagoons surrounding the islands of the Maldives draw in visitors from across the world, each seeking to explore the underwater world while snorkeling and diving with top scuba diving fins.

Maldives AtollThe variety of intact reefs and colorful marine life is spectacular to witness, but the attraction of the Maldives goes beyond the underwater world. The sight of the dreamy white sand beaches, palm trees and dense green vegetation is equally beautiful and unique.

So, with this widespread appeal, it’s not surprising that every hotel island in the Maldives has its own dive center, offering trips to the most beautiful places of the atolls. The range of dive sites that span the endless labyrinths of the atolls is almost limitless, and divers of all different experience levels and interests will find their perfect match here.

House Reef Diving in the Maldives

 Almost every island owns a house reef that can be accessed from entry points across the beach, inviting every level of diver for easy diving in the Maldives or swimming with the best full face snorkeling mask and fins for snorkeling, at any time.

Even a quick dip on a shallow house reef will encapsulate just how rich the underwater world of the Maldives is; graceful moray eels hiding in small caves, colorful box-fishes roaming over the coral and schools of fish passing in front of the deep blue of the ocean.

In some locations it’s considered almost a daily experience to encounter napoleons, turtles, stingrays and white tip reef sharks. Even the majestic manta ray or whale shark can be met here by lucky divers.

Inside the Atolls: Thila, Giri and Faru

 In addition to the house reefs, every dive school in the Maldives offers boat trips to the beautiful dive sites of the atolls that can’t be reached on shore dives. Using a Dhoni – the typical boat found in the Maldives, you’ll often visit one or several sites across the surrounding coral reefs.

Thila, Giri and Faru are three different examples of reef structures, and divers can usually find sites that offer gentle, calm conditions suitable for beginners, as well as more advanced areas which are more exposed to currents.

  • Maldives AtollsThila – this is an underwater pinnacle which is completely submerged, these can often be small enough to circumnavigate the entire area during a single dive. Thilas are often exposed to stronger currents and so are covered with wonderful soft corals and sea fans; usually, the most fish can be found at the point where the current hits the reef.
  • Giri – similar to a Thila but the main difference is that the top of these coral patches often extend near to the surface, or may even be exposed during low tides. Most of the time, a Giri has very little current, making them a great location for beginner divers and night diving.
  • Faru – a small atoll with reefs extending above the surface, often in a horseshoe shape. Although these are usually only of interest for divers in areas where the current is stronger, the shallow depths of Farus make them popular for snorkelling trips.

Diving the Outer Reefs and Kandus of the Maldives

In addition to exploring the inner atoll sites, most divers will often plan a trip to visit the outer reefs and Kandus of the Maldives.

Maldives Whale SharkThe outer walls of the atolls often descend to great depths and are unprotected against the stronger currents. Only the hardiest coral species survive here, so divers won’t usually find many reef fish. However, these exposed dive sites are the perfect location to encounter big pelagic visitors such as sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and whale sharks.

A treat for experienced divers are Kandus: channels that connect the outside ocean to the inner atoll, creating a natural passageway for the water to flow through and ideal conditions for drift dives. The entrance points to Kandus have strong currents and nutrient-rich waters, attracting the big hunters. Grey sharks and eagle rays congregate alongside barracuda and jack fishes, whilst the hunting tuna is a unique spectacle to witness.

It is this rich variety of dive sites that makes the Maldives a truly unique destination for scuba divers.

Find out more about this incredible paradise and book your trip with a PADI Dive Center or Resort today!


Tchristian-hubohis article is a translation of this article written by guest blogger, Christian Hubo. A PADI diving instructor, Christian has enjoyed over 4,000 dives whilst travelling around the world. Above the surface, he’s hiked thousands of kilometers across the natural world. Christian is a freelance web and media designer, underwater photographer, social media and marketing consultant and freelance author. His magazine articles and blog, Feel4Nature, inspires people to follow an independent, individual and eco-conscious lifestyle.

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I am so excited to share with you our brand new website which showcases some of the Maldives most luxurious and unique resorts.

Addicted to Maldives was born out of a genuine love and passion for the Maldives, its magical islands, people and resorts.

My husband and I first experienced the Maldives as a loved up couple on our honeymoon back in 2008. It was here that our love affair and Addiction to the Maldives began!

To be honest, my husband wasn’t even sure that it was somewhere that he was that interested in visiting at the time, but of course in an effort to please his new bride, he agreed and off we went.

It’s funny because his reaction to the Maldives upon arrival was one that has stuck with me to this very day! 

We had chosen the W Retreat & Spa as our choice of resort and what a perfect honeymoon choice it was! At the time, we were child free and the resort didn’t accept children at that stage so it ticked an extra box for us… Don’t get me wrong, we like children and all, (and now have two little cherubs of our own) but we weren’t that keen on having them around on our holiday to paradise (funny how things change isn’t it!).





After a quick tour of the island by buggy and a refreshing tropical /coconut concoction, we were in our villa, stripped off to our swimmers and jumped straight into the inviting lagoon.

My husband honestly could not believe how amazingly clear the water was and within seconds, we had rainbow fish darting around our feet and a turtle bobbing along the surface next to us! I distinctly remember this child like grin on his face and the happiness in his voice as he picked me up and spun me around in the water, saying “Babe, how good is this, I didn’t expect it to be this good here”! He honestly, was like a kid in a toy shop.

We spent our days, floating from pool to beach and from beach to pool, stopping in between to feast on delicious food and ridiculously good cocktails. When we managed to tear ourselves away from our sun loungers, we snorkelled the incredible house reef, attempted water skiing and spent a few afternoons unwinding at the stunning overwater spa and our evenings soaking in the sublime sunsets of the Maldives skies.



All too soon, our Maldives trip was coming to an end.  We seriously considered extending our stay but unfortunately our newly wed bank account balances weren’t so keen on the idea! 

We promised each other though, that we would return the following year to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. 

Well, that was great in theory but soon after returning home from our 2 weeks of Maldives bliss, we found out that we were expecting our first child, Jett and the idea of returning to “our special place” seemed impossible.

You see, like most of you who are probably reading this now think, we thought that there was no way we could return to the magical Maldives now that we had a baby! After-all, the Maldives is just for couples and honeymooners…right?

Well I wasn’t going to have a bar of that! Why couldn’t we return to this amazing part of the world just because we now had a child? So off I went, researching “family friendly” resorts in the Maldives, and to my surprise, we found a number of resorts that in-fact catered to families just as well as they did loved up couples and honeymooners. So when Jett was just 9 months old, we flew out for our 2nd trip to the Maldives and the rest is as they say, history.





2 kids later, and too many trips back to count the number!

We have enjoyed the most incredible family holidays in the Maldives, and fall in love with it over and over again each time we return. 

Our children love it just as much as we do and like us, are already planning our next trip to the Maldives before we have even stepped foot on the plane to return home.

So we began Addicted to Maldives, to share our passion for this unique destination with honeymooners, couples and families who are seeking a memorable holiday like no other. 





Having personally stayed at many of the resorts we partner with on our own holidays, we will take the time to understand what it is that you’re looking for and match the right resort to you.

At Addicted to Maldives, we will INSPIRE you through our own travel stories and photos and SURPRISE you with little extras along the way all to create the most amazing Maldives holiday EXPERIENCE for couples, honeymooners, groups of friends and families.

So, the honeymoon may be over and you probably have the kids to prove it (as we do) but don’t deprive yourself of visiting one of the most amazing holiday destinations in the world just because you now have a family. Take them along, share the experience with them, I guarantee you too will become Addicted to Maldives!

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Fuvahmulah Thundi Maahifun Event_

 or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting and thereafter the peoples of Maldives began to throw any living thing that moves into nearest beach,

Fuvahmulah Thundi is one of the most visited places of Fuvahmulah on this Festival, People from Male and other islands of Maldives visit the closest uninhabited island on this occasion.



Food Places in Fuvahmulah
Royal Restaurent




Maahifun 2015 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad |


Maahifun 2011 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad |




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Find the real Jungle Book in India’s national parks


Step away from the bustling cities of northern India and delve into the depths of the wilderness to discover the country’s central national parks.

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Winning entries from the Sunday Times Photography Competition


It has been just over two months since the launch of our travel photography competition with The Sunday Times and we continue to be impressed by the standard of entries.

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Local Island


Hulhumale Beach Island

Welcome to Hulhumale

Hulhumale is essentially an extension of Male proper on the far side of the airport island, where 1.8 sq km of reef has been built up to create a manmade island – the first phase of an ambitious project to relieve the pressure caused by population growth on Male. Sand and coral were dug up from the lagoon and pumped into big heaps on the reef top.

Hulhumale is essentially an extension of Male proper on the far side of the airport island, where 1.8 sq km of reef has been built up to create a manmade island – the first phase of an ambitious project to relieve the pressure caused by population growth on Male. Sand and coral were dug up from the lagoon and pumped into big heaps on the reef top. Then bulldozers pushed the rubble around to form a quadrilateral of dry land about 2km long and 1km wide, joined by a causeway to the airport island. It’s built up to about 2m above sea level to provide a margin of protection against the possibility of sea-level rises.

This utopian project began in 1997 and now most of it (about three quarters of the island’s total area) is a fully functioning town, complete with rather Soviet-looking apartment blocks, a school, a pharmacy, an array of shops and a huge mosque – the golden glass dome of which is visible from all over the southern part of North Male Atoll. There’s even a surprisingly attractive artificial beach on the eastern side of the island. When the first-phase land is fully developed by 2020 it will accommodate 50,000 people and have waterfront esplanades, light industrial areas, government offices, shopping centres, boulevards of palm trees, a marina and a national stadium. The basic layout has been carefully planned, but the details are still flexible, allowing for some natural, organic growth through multiple private developments. The second phase, for which building is currently underway, involves reclaiming a further 2.4 sq km of land (engulfing all of Farukolhufushi, formerly the Club Faru resort) and bringing the total population potential of Hulhumale to around 100,000 people, equalling that of Male.

To visit Hulhumale from Male, take the ferry (Rf5.50, 20 minutes, every 15 minutes) from the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal. There’s also a speedboat service (Rf25, 10 minutes, every 30 minutes) that leaves from the dock where the airport ferry departs. On the island there are several bus services that connect the ferry terminal to the rest of the island, but it’s an easy 10-minute walk if there’s not one waiting when you arrive.

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The Songkran Water Festival


Thailand specialist Molly recalls her experiences of the Songkran Festival during her childhood in Bangkok.

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Baros Maldives has been awarded recognition by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice as Number 8 in the World’s Best Hotels for Romance and as Number 2 Best Hotel for Romance in Asia.
The Awards are based on millions of reviews collected during 2015 from TripAdvisor users worldwide. Established in 2002, the Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honour TripAdvisor can bestow on a hotel. They reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and
customer satisfaction.
Baros Maldives also won a further three TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, being acclaimed as No 9 in Asia Top Hotels as well as featuring in the top 25 of Asia’s Luxury Hotels and for the Best Service of a Hotel in Asia.

The Resort Manager of Baros Maldives, Mr Shuhan, said: “We greatly value the recognition by TripAdvisor in this manner because the awards are based on the comments of guests who have stayed at Baros Maldives. To be rated so highly for Romance, Luxury and Service is a compliment to the dedication of the Baros Maldives team to ensure every guest enjoys staying with us.”
Baros Maldives is an award-winning island designed for romance with 75 villas secluded in lush tropical gardens by the beach or over the lagoon in a setting of intimate privacy. Many of the villas have their own plunge pools and there is an overwater infinity swimming pool with a sun
deck. There are three gourmet restaurants and two bars, as well as sandbank dining exclusively for couples. This romantic resort, ringed by a living reef, is only 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport.

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Acclaimed as one of the world’s most romantic resorts, Baros Maldives has so much more to offer than romance, making the island ideal for gentlemen seeking respite from the pressures and routine of daily

This private island resort offers everything from big game fishing to signature cocktails; from lessons in windsurfing or diving to tutored wine tastings; from a dedicated villa host as a Personal Assistant to gourmet cuisine in a sophisticated setting; from solitude for reflection to instant connectivity with the cyber world.

Far away from the stress of responsibility and formal attire, but close to the world being just 25 minutes by resort speedboat from the Maldives International Airport, Baros Maldives is easily accessible for a relaxing short break. It’s one of the few places in the world where a hard working gentleman can take off his tie and leather shoes and trade them in for bare feet in the sand.

The hallmark of Baros Maldives is the personal attention to guests by discreet and intelligent staff members in an ambience of utter tranquillity and understated luxury. Every one of the island’s 74 over-water and beach villas is completely private, some with plunge pools, and all with space to be yourself; each has a wine cellar stocked with sommelier-selected fine wines and champagne, as well as a mini bar with premium spirits.
At Baros Maldives, you can distance yourself from reality, or remain in touch as every villa has a 54- channel television, i-Pod music, and complimentary WiFi. You can be energetic, following your exercise routine in the well-equipped gym, or be pampered with a special spa treatment “For Him Only” providing 145 minutes of de-stress Oriental Care Massage, followed by an especially created Gentleman’s Facial.
You can combine days hand trolling from dawn for tuna and jack fish, charter a boat for big game fishing or indulge in water-sports and spectacular snorkeling, with evenings watching the sun set over the Indian
Ocean with a signature Bourbon Cask Smoked Manhattan followed by a perfectly served epicurean dinner, concluding with cognacs and a cigar in the gentlemen’s club atmosphere of the Lighthouse Lounge.

Whether you come to Baros Maldives alone or with a companion, this island retreat gives gentlemen the chance for mature relaxation to inspire the imagination and feel refreshed to face the world again.

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo Won the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Award!


The team at Lily Beach Resort & Spa are overjoyed to be able to share with you the exciting news that with your help, Lily Beach has won the outstanding ‘Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016‘ title.

Yet as much as we are proud of having been voted the Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016′, what makes our hearts skip a beat is foremostly the fact that so many of you took the time to express your satisfaction with Lily’s Platinum All-Inclusive Plan. We thank you for that!

Our guests favour the Platinum All-Inclusive Plan because it’s an all-encompassing all-inclusive package that takes away the hassle of worrying about your day-to-day expenses at the resort; why not budget your holiday in advance and indulge in a carefree, no-fine-print-break once you’re here!

The extensive Platinum Plan undoubtedly puts Lily Beach head and shoulders above most of the Maldives’ resorts; as pioneers of the concept in the Maldives, we are extremely glad that our idea of making your well-deserved holiday as convenient and untroubled as possible has been received so well by our guests throughout these years, and hope that it continues to makes your stay in the Maldives exactly like you pictured it!

Put your feet up and enjoy – these are some of the things included in the Platinum All-Inclusive Plan:

  • Unlimited, all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at Lily Maa
  • Selection of 80 premium wines
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at bars as specified
  • Fine dining as specified
  • Snorkelling equipment
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Travel Awards

Indian Ocean Winners 2016


Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Lounge Air Mauritius: Mauritius International Airport The Amédée Maingard Lounge
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand LUX* Resorts & Hotels
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Car Rental Company Europcar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Line Royal Caribbean International
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port Port Victoria, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort Constance Moofushi, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort Constance Ephélia, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator OV Holidays
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa Ocean Pavillion @ PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel Kurumba Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort Constance Tsarabanjina Resort Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator Trans Maldivian Airways
Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board Seychelles Tourism Board
Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency Vermillion International Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort Raffles Praslin, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort Baros Maldives




Madagascar’s Leading Hotel Hotel Carlton Madagascar
Madagascar’s Leading Resort Andilana Beach Resort




Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Family Resort The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Green Resort Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru
Maldives’ Leading Leisure Hotel Brand Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Baros Residence @ Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Resort Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator Get Into Maldives Travels
Maldives’ Leading Resort Kurumba Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort Jumeirah Vittaveli
Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency Vermillion International Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Villa Resort Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island




Mauritius’ Leading Boutique Hotel Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel
Mauritius’ Leading Conference Hotel Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Destination Management Company Mautourco
Mauritius’ Leading Family Resort LUX* Belle Mare
Mauritius’ Leading Green Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel One&Only Le Saint Géran
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Residences Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Suite Royal Suite @ Royal Palm Mauritius
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Princely Villa @ Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Resort Constance Le Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Resort Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Spa Resort Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Travel Agency Concorde Mauritius


Reunion Island


Reunion Island’s Leading Hotel LUX* Saint Gilles




Seychelles’ Leading Boutique Hotel Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Conference Hotel Eden Bleu Hotel
Seychelles’ Leading Family Resort Constance Ephélia
Seychelles’ Leading Green Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel Constance Lémuria Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel Suite Two Bedroom Presidential Villa @ Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa Owners Signature Villa @ Enchanted Island Resort
Seychelles’ Leading Resort Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
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Maldives becomes fourth island state to ratify Paris climate deal


Environment minister says new research on potential sea level rise makes approval of UN pact vital for vulnerable low-lying countries


By Ed King

The Maldives has become the fourth small island state to announce it has ratified the Paris climate agreement, two weeks before an official UN signing ceremony in New York.

Parliament voted to approve the pact on Tuesday, which commits countries to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and target net zero carbon emissions before 2100.

“It is telling that some of the country’s most vulnerable to the crisis were the first to approve its ratification,” said Maldives environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim.

“We hope the rest of the world follows our example and, even more importantly, moves expeditiously to implement climate solutions.”

The decision follows those of the Marshall Islands, Fiji and Palau in recent weeks.

Analysis: UN’s Paris climate deal could enter into force this year
Report: Maldives is trashing climate legacy, says ousted president 

For the Paris deal to come into force, 55 countries covering 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions need to sign and formally approve the agreement.1

The US, India and China have signalled their intention to complete these two tasks by the close of 2016, while the EU – the world’s fourth largest emitter – has committed to sign on 22 April.

Last week an influential Malaysian think tank called on developing countries to hold off from signing this year, arguing they could gain more political leverage from richer nations.

But in a statement Ibrahim said recent reports that sea level rise could accelerate over this century underlined the need for all governments to decarbonise their economies.

“The unsettling news about sea level rise shows the wisdom of that argument and underscores the desperate need to dramatically cut emissions immediately,” he said.

“Ratification is just the start. Bold action must quickly follow.”


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Audley’s 2016 charity of the year: Free The Children


Audley CEO, Ian Simkins shares his experiences of travelling to Kenya with his family to gain first-hand knowledge of Free The Children’s work before heading off on safari.

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Secret spots in the USA’s best-loved cities


Go beyond the sights found in a guide book with our USA specialists’ selection of lesser-known places to visit in New York, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland.

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