Tributes continue to pour in for the late Tony de Brum

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 23, 2017

Tony De Brum - the former Marshall Islands' foreign minister who played an instrumental role in brokering the 2015 Paris Agreement - has died aged 72.

De Brum, whose tireless advocacy pricked the world's conscience over the fate of low-lying Pacific island nations threatened by rising seas, passed away on Tuesday in the Marshalls' capital Majuro after a long battle with cancer.

Koro Vaka'uta with this report.

Although the Marshall Islands, population 70,000, remains one of the places most vulnerable to climate change because it protrudes just 2 meters (6 feet) above sea level, de Brum said at the time that he was determined to stay and fight.

In a statement yesterday, President Heine said De Brum was a "giant of history, a legend in every meaning of the word, and a custodian of our shared future".

Writing from Honolulu, Pacific academic Dr Tarcisius Kabutaulaka said the late de Brum was a 'Pacific Islander champion who has left footprints across our ocean and beyond'.

"He fought for our independence, he fought against the tyranny of nuclear weapons and for nuclear justice for our people and he led the worldwide fight against climate change".

"The thought of evacuation is repulsive to us", he said.

Tony Anton de Brum was born February 26, 1945, and grew up on the Marshallese atoll of Likiep. "He fought for our independence, he fought against the tyranny of nuclear weapons and for nuclear justice for our people, and he led the worldwide fight against climate change".

Christiana Figueres, who was Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the COP21 summit in Paris, described De Brum as an "inspiring leader" and a "pillar of determination".

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