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Background Information


Mrs. Sadako Ogata


President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (October 2003 - )
Member, United Nation's High Level Panel on Threat, Challenges and Change (November 2003- )
Prime Minister Koizumi's Special Representative for Afghanistan Assistance (November 2001 - )
Chair, The Advisory Board on Human Security (September 2003 - )
Co-chair, Commission on Human Security (2001 -2003 )

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991 - 2000)
Dean, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University (1989 - 1991)
Independent Expert of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (1990)
Director, Institute of International Relations at Sophia University (1987 - 1988)
Professor, Institute of International Relations at Sophia University (1980 - 1987)
Representative, United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1982 - 1985)
Chairman, Executive Board of UNICEF (1978 - 1979)
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (1976 - 1979)
Associate Professor, Diplomatic History and International Relations, International Christian University (1974 - 1976)
Lecturer on International Relations at the International Christian University (1965 - 1979)

Academic Background:

Ph.D., Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley (1963)
M.A., International Relations, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (1953)
B.A., University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo (1951)


The United Nations: in The Next Fifty Years, International Relations Institute, Korean University, 1996
Normalization with China: A Comparative Study of U.S. and Japanese Processes, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Survey of International Organization Studies in Japan (Nihon ni okeru kokusal soshiki kenkyu), NIRA, 1982
Vantage Point from the United Nations, (Kokuren kara no shiten), Asahi Evening News Publication, 1980
Defiance in Manchuria - The Making of Japanese Foreign Policy 1931-1932, University of California, 1964


Co-Chair, Global Coalition for Africa(April 2004-)
Member, International Advisory Board, International Committee of the Red Cross (September 2003-)
Member, Board of Directors and Cooperation, International Rescue Committee
Board Member, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
Founding President, The Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust
Member, Visiting Committee, JFK School of Governance, Harvard University
Member, International Advisory Board, Council of Foreign Relations
Co-chair, Commission on Human Security (2001 -2003 )
Member, Commission on Global Governance (1992 - 1996)
Member, Trilateral Commission (1984 - )
Member, Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (1983 - 1987)

Born on 16 September 1927 in Tokyo, Japan

Awards Received by Mrs. Sadako Ogata as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

1991: Principe de Asturias, Prize for international cooperation

Special Citation, US Lawyer's Committee


1992 Award of Honor, Japan Society of Northern California

Zaikai Sho
Tokyo, Japan


1993 "Golden Doves for Peace" Award, Archivio Disarmo, Rome, Italy

Tokyo Josei Zaidan Sho
Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo-to Bunka Sho
Tokyo, Japan

CARE International Humanitarian Award, Tokyo, Japan

Freedom from Want Medal
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Middelburg, the Netherlands

Human Rights Award
International Human Rights Law Group, Washington, DC, USA

Yomiuri International Cooperation Award, Tokyo, Japan

Jane Addams International Women's Leadership Award, Chicago, USA


Liberty International Prize for Freedom, Berne, Switzerland

Philadelphia Liberty Medal, Philadelphia, USA

The Annual Award of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
New York, USA

International Rescue Committee Freedom Award
New York, USA


UNESCO 1995 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, Paris, France

Rotary Award for International Understanding, Calgary, Canada


Ramon Magsaysay Award, Manila, Philippines

1997 Business Council for the United Nations Medal
New York, USA


Alumni Association Georgetown University Timothy S. Healy S.J, Award
Georgetown University, USA

David Rockefeller International Leadership Award
New York, USA


ASAHI-SHO, Tokyo, Japan



Delta Prize for Global Understanding, University of Georgia/Delta Airlines


J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding
Washington, DC

Indira Gandhi Prize
New Delhi, India

Decorations Received by Mrs. Sadako Ogata

Grand Cross of the Phoenix, Government of Greece

Hilal-i-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan), Islamabad, Pakistan

Commandeur de l`Ordre National, Ivory Coast

Prix du Président de la République pour les Droits de l'Homme
Tunis, Tunisia

First Order of the Jordanian Al Kawkab, Amman, Jordan

Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur, France

Calvarie di Gran Croce, Italy

The Order of Friendship, Russian Federation

The Royal Order of the Polar Star, Sweden

The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany

Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star for Services
Republic of Austria

Person of Cultural Merits, Japan

Grand Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Norway

Ordre National du 27 Juin 1977, Republic of Djibouti

Order of the Lion of Malawi, Republic of Malawi

Order of Culture, Tokyo, Japan

Grand Cross of the Order of San Carlos, Republic of Colombia

Order of Duke Branimir, Republic of Croatia

Commandeur de l' Ordre National de Lion, Republic of Senegal

Honorary Degrees


Cedar Crest College, USA


Smith College, USA


Doctor of Humane Letters
Tufts University, USA


University of Notre Dame, USA

Amherst College, USA

Doctor of Letters
University of Sussex, Brighton, England


Honorary Professor
Sophia University, Japan

Doctor of Laws
Harvard University, USA


Doctor of Laws
Princeton University, USA


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Doctor of Political Science
Free University of Berlin, Germany

Doctor of Laws
Columbia University, USA

Doctor of Humane Letters
Johns Hopkins University, USA

Doctor of Laws
University of Auckland, New Zealand


Honorary Professorship of Laws
Krygyz-Slavic University, Krygyzstan


Doctor of Humane Letters
Haverford College, USA

Doctor of Humane Letters
Yale University, USA

Doctor of Civil Law
Oxford University, United Kingdom


Vrige University, Belgium

Doctor of Law
Cambridge University, United Kingdom


The University of Jordin, Republic of Korea

Sungkyun Kwan University, Republic of Korea

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Waseda University, Japan

Doshisha University, Japan


Honoris Causa Doctorate
Brown University, USA

Queen's University, Canada


University of Pennsylvania, USA


2004 Policy Forum - Migration and Development in Africa
TICAD Asia-Africa Trade and Investment Conference (AATIC) - Tokyo, Japan - November 1 and 2, 2004
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