The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia-Pacific Regional Office, based in Bangkok, offers its condolences to the people of Thailand in their time of profound loss and sadness, upon the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The world's longest reigning monarch passed away on October 13, 2016, after a prolonged illness.
Upon receiving the news, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement via his spokesman:
The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the Royal family, Government and people of Thailand on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Secretary-General acknowledges King Bhumibol’s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader.
He was revered by the people of Thailand and highly respected internationally.
In recognition of his work, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations Development Programme in 2006.
The Secretary-General expresses his hope that Thailand will continue to honour King Bhumibol’s legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights.