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Former UN High Commissioner Receives Honorary Degree

Sadako Ogata

May 14, 2013 – Georgetown yesterday awarded Madame Sadako Ogata (G’53), former president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations high commissioner for refugees, an honorary degree for her work in advancing human rights and creating peace around the world.

Under her leadership, JICA increased its work in Africa, focusing on economic growth and sustainable development and engaged in peace-building activities in Afghanistan.

Ogata, who received her M.A. in international relations from Georgetown, also served as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

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