Douglas W. Payne 1951 - 2009
The Socialist International is very sad to say goodbye to Doug Payne, a longstanding collaborator associated with numerous activities of the Socialist International since the 1980s, who recently lost his battle against cancer. A social democrat from the United States, Doug was first active in the pro-democracy initiatives of the organisation in Latin America and the Caribbean, participating in many SI Missions to countries in that region supporting democratic change and observing elections, later becoming closely involved with the organisation’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the work of the SI Asia-Pacific Committee. He cared passionately about the environment and was an early voice calling for action on climate change and global warming. A well known face and an invaluable contributor at many Councils and Congresses of the International, he will be remembered by his friends and colleagues for his compassion, his understanding of international politics and his sharp wit.