United Nations pays tribute to Thailand’s late king

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United Nations (AP) – The United Nations paid tribute to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday with a moment of silence and speeches in the General Assembly Hall.

A Thai woman holds an umbrella as she waits to pay last respects to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Grand Palace. The United Nations paid tribute to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday, Oct. 28, with a moment of silence and speeches in the General Assembly Hall. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
A Thai woman holds an umbrella as she waits to pay last respects to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Grand Palace. The United Nations paid tribute to the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday, Oct. 28, with a moment of silence and speeches in the General Assembly Hall. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remembered the monarch who died on Oct. 13 after ruling for 70 years as a visionary and humanitarian who stabilized Thailand during times of political turmoil and tensions.

Ban also praised HM the late King’s commitment to sustainable development, noting HM the late King was awarded the first United Nations Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

“The United Nations recognizes and pays tribute to the remarkable life that His Majesty King Bhumibol led and joins all those who loved the revered king in offering heart-felt condolences,” Ban said.

Speakers from Niger, Kuwait, Georgia, Chile, and the U.K. also spoke in HM the late King’s honor. The United States spoke as the U.N. host country, while a representative of Thailand concluded the round of speeches.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power remembered that HM the King’s parents met in the United States and that he was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“His Majesty only lived there as an infant, but his presence is still very much felt in Cambridge,” Power said, pointing out there is a square named for him in the Massachusetts city. “Walking through King Bhumibol Square, it is not uncommon to see Thai people come to pay homage.”