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U.S. State Dept. mourns Ogata

Washington, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)–The U.S. State Department remembers the life and work of former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata, who has died recently, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Wednesday.


“The first woman to be appointed high commissioner, Mrs. Ogata was a trailblazer,” Ortagus said in a statement.


The statement also said Ogata “instituted new global standards and capacities for UNHCR emergency response and humanitarian assistance.”


“Mrs. Ogata’s legacy as an advocate for displaced persons and the alleviation of suffering is an inspiration to humanitarian workers around the world,” the statement said.

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