Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Overcast    0 / -5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

UN flag at half mast to mourn late DPRK leader


08:13, December 29, 2011

The United Nations flies its blue and white flag at half-mast to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, the late leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States, Dec. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Wednesday flew its blue and white flag at half mast at the UN Headquarters here in New York to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, the late leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) .

The UN flag was hoisted at half mast before the UN Secretariat Building in the compound on the First Avenue in midtown Manhattan, central New York City.

In Pyongyang, the DPRK's capital, people bid their final farewell to Kim Jong Il in snowy weather on Wednesday. A ceremony to bid a last farewell to Kim Jong Il began in the Plaza of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace at 1 p.m. local time (0400GMT).

The 69-year-old leader died from "great mental and physical strain" on Dec. 17 on a train during a field guidance tour, according to the DPRK media.

Last Thursday, the 66th session of the UN General Assembly ( UNGA) observed a minute's silence to mourn the death of Kim.

On Dec. 20, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro went to the seat of the Permanent Mission of the DPRK to the United Nations to express condolences over the passing away of the late leader.

The UN flag was also flying at half mast on Wednesday at its Geneva office and other UN agencies in various parts of the world, said UN officials.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. A warehouse explosion in Yangon environs,Myanmar

  2. China's new-type tanks unveiled

  3. Enjoy bubble massage in a Turkish hamam

  4. Miss Tourism Int'l goes to beauty of Thailand

Most Popular


  1. EU's airline carbon tax may backfire
  2. What is behind US 'Return-to-Asia' strategy?
  3. China's GDP growth may slow to 8 pct in 2012
  4. China's economy not to suffer a hard landing
  5. Common interests prevent 'Cold War'
  6. War-related carbon emissions deserves attention
  7. Noda's trip enhances China-Japan mutual trust
  8. Economic outlook for next year could be dimmer
  9. Human library promotes understanding
  10. For amiable China-Japan ties

What's happening in China

Organic labeling can be food for thought

  1. China pledges crackdown on ticket scalping
  2. ID required for morning after pill
  3. Philippine Metrobank opens new branch in China
  4. China's flight punctuality rate exceeds 76 percent
  5. Suspected food poisoning sickens 57 in SW China

PD Online Data

  1. Traditional Mooncakes
  2. About Mooncakes
  3. History of Mooncakes
  4. Modern Mooncakes
  5. Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival