Her Intercultural  Dialogues with UNESCO

She supported a number of Intercultural dialogue projects and activities initiated by some Thai universities, by UNESCO as well as other international organizations. In January 1991, for example, she chaired an International Seminar and Exhibition on the Integral Study of Silk Road–Road of Dialogue, in Bangkok. During the Seminar, she had a rich academic interchange with the UNESCO Project Manager– Mr. Doudou Diène, a former Deputy Assistant Director-General for External Relations and a philosopher and lawyer from Senegal, as well as with International historians and archaeologists from 16 countries along the historic marine silk route, stretching from Asia to Africa. Those scientists and cultural experts were brought together on a Sultan of Oman’s ship to discuss the role of several harbours and ports-of-call on the Maritime Silk Route.

She visited UNESCO Headquarters a few times. In 1992, during the exhibition held in Paris on the UNESCO’s associated Centennial Celebration of the Life and Work of H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkla, she gave a lecture in French, entitled: “J’aime mieux construire des hôpitaux que des navires de guerres”. Though her father died at the age of 37 when she was just 6 years old, she did an extensive documentary research and interviews that allow her to describe with interesting detail how her father, H.R.H. Prince Mahidol, had abandoned a pre-designed career in the Royal Navy of Siam to pursue a humanitarian career as a clinical medical doctor and a public health educator. Her Father’s ideals and practice for peace and humanity were thus closely associated with UNESCO’s ideals and goals. After the lecture, she was presented with a “Victor Hugo Gold Medal” by the UNESCO Director-General, Mr. Federico Mayor, for her contribution to scholarship and the promotion of social welfare work.