UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson participate in a tribute to the late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej in the General Assembly hall at UN headquarters in New York, October 28, 2016.// REUTERS
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson participate in a tribute to the late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej in the General Assembly hall at UN headquarters in New York, October 28, 2016.// REUTERS

Ban Ki-moon lauds 'visionary, humanitarian' HM as UN pays tributes to late King

national October 29, 2016 13:14

By Wasamon Audjarint
The Nation

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The United Nations on Friday paid tributes to His Majesty  King Bhumibol Adulyadej, praising his numerous achievements during his seven-decade reign.



Tributes at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly  were led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who praised HM the King for being a visionary and humanitarian.

“Throughout seven decades, King Bhumibol served as a  stabilising force in Thailand, notably during times of political turmoil and tensions,” Ban said .

“[His] commitment to sustainable development and national  resilience helped move the country through its various development phases and towards becoming a vibrant economy,” he said.

HM the King was the first recipient of the UN Human Development  Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, he added.

Several other foreign officials, such as UN General Assembly  president Peter Thompson and the US permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power, also joined  in hailing the late King for his leadership and his signature sufficiency economy philosophy that helped Thailand endure difficult economic situations.