» Director-General Signs Condolence Book for H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej
18.10.2016 - ODG

Director-General Signs Condolence Book for H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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On 18 October, the Director-General expressed her deep condolences to the Royal Family, the Royal Government and the people of Thailand upon the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej by signing a message in the condolences book opened at the Embassy, in the presence of the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Mr Sihasak Phangketkeow. This followed the special tribute to His Majesty at the Executive Board plenary session the previous day.

“His Majesty’s lifelong commitment to people-centred development and to the marginalized, his ceaseless pursuit of knowledge and his advocacy for education are in deep resonance with UNESCO’s values. At a time when the global community pursues an inclusive agenda for people and planet, his commitment to social equity and environmental sustainability are a source of inspiration to the global community today. A man of profound culture who marked the history of a century, His Majesty played a vital role in promoting and sustaining unity through dialogue, and always stood as a strong supporter of international cooperation through the United Nations. At this difficult time, UNESCO stands in solidarity with the Thai people and the Organization remains deeply committed to carrying his precious legacy forward.”  

The Director-General expressed special appreciation to the Ambassador for the contribution of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Empowerment of Minority Children through Education and Culture, and recalled her participation in an event to mark the 150th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother of Thailand.  

Referring to His Majesty’s Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, she agreed with the Ambassador on the pertinence of jointly promoting this inclusive and forward-looking vision, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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