|Sadako Ogata at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012|
|United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees|
|Preceded by||Thorvald Stoltenberg|
|Succeeded by||Ruud Lubbers|
September 16, 1927 |
Sadako Ogata (緒方貞子 Ogata Sadako , born September 16, 1927), is a Japanese academic, diplomat, author, administrator and professor emeritus at Sophia University. She has served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as the Chairman of the UNICEF Executive Board and as the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
She attended the Catlin Gabel School, class of 1946, and graduated from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, before studying at Georgetown University and its Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She was awarded a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. Ogata later taught international politics at Sophia University.
She is the wife of Shijiro Ogata whose career unfolded at the Bank of Japan.
Ogata served in 1978 and 1979 as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at the permanent mission of Japan to the United Nations. She represented Japan at several sessions of the General Assembly—in 1970, in 1975, in 1976–1978 and in 1978–1979. She served as the Chairman of the UNICEF Executive Board from 1978 to 1979 and as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991 until 2001. She was appointed as the president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency on October 1, 2003 and retired from the post in April 2012 to be succeeded by Mr Akihiko Tanaka.
- 1994 Prize For Freedom by the Liberal International
- 1995 Liberty Medal
- 1997 Ramon Magsaysay Award
- 2000 Seoul Peace Prize
- 2001 Person of Cultural Merit.
- 2001 Order of Friendship
- 2001 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Commander Crosse
- 2001 Légion d'honneur Commander
- 2001 Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Knights Grand Cross
- 2001 Order of the Polar Star Commander First Class
- 2001 Indira Gandhi Prize
- 2002 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding
- 2003 Order of Culture
- 2005 World Citizenship Award
- 2008 Order of Orange-Nassau Grand Officer
- 2011 DCMG
- 2013 Orden del Águila Azteca
Ms Ogata is an Eminent Member of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation.
- "If we ignore the plight of the refugees or the burden of the countries which have received them, I fear we will pay a heavy toll in renewed violence. Conditions must be created urgently to allow the refugees to go back and live in peace and tolerance in their own country." — Liberty Medal acceptance speech, July 4, 1995
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- Wessels, p. 219., p. 219, at Google Books
- Wessels, p. 221., p. 221, at Google Books
- "Cultural Highlights; From the Japanese Press (August 1 – October 31, 2001)," Japan Foundation Newsletter, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, p. 7.
- "Sadako Ogata receives Japan's Order of Culture," International Nursing Review (2004 March), Vol.51, No. 1, p. 12.
- Liberty Medal acceptance speech, 1995
- Salokar, Rebecca Mae and Mary L Volcansek. (1996). Women in Law: a Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Westport: Greenwood Press. 10-ISBN 0313294100/13-ISBN 9780313294105; OCLC 34284024
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