UN to honour HM the King
HM the King has won this year's United Nations Development Programme Award for his decades-long dedication to the country's development through royal works and many royally initiated projects.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has requested an audience with His Majesty to present the award, Government Spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said on Tuesday.
He said Annan would visit Thailand between May 25 and May 27.
The King is the world's longest reigning monarch and the country is now preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty on the throne.
Central in the King's approach to rural development is the desire for the rural community to be self supporting.
His philosophy of "Sufficiency Economy" has inspired much of the international community, including the UN agencies, especially in the aftermath of the 1997 economic crisis.
The philosophy advocates a feasible approach to achieving the common objective of a stable, equitable, and durable development in the country.