On 26 September 2017, Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), led representatives and Buddhist leaders from around the world in a tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the opening session of the International World Peace Conference at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
UNESCO organized the special session to honor His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Bokova praised His Majesty King Bhumibol as a great man who had worked for development and campaigned for lifelong learning. His Sufficiency Economy Philosophy has had an important impact on the modern world, and the United Nations has used the principle as a blueprint in its push for Sustainable Development Goals.
Bokova and UNESCO Chairperson Michael Worbs delivered a message of condolences for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in front of UNESCO permanent delegates from Buddhist organizations. The meeting was chaired by Thai Ambassador to France and permanent Thai delegate to UNESCO H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow.