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Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92


<b>Sadako Ogata, first female UN refugee chief, dies at 92</b>Ogata was widely respected for her efforts to help refugees and internally displaced people around the world and emphasised making visits to conflict zones during her tenure from 1991-2002.
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Sadako Ogata was the first female and Japanese to lead the UNHCR. Sadako Ogata confronted the three main refugee crises of the 1990s -- the Gulf (Kurds), Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia --right after the fall of the Soviet Union. An academic, diplomat, author, administrator, and professor emeritus at Sophia University, she was widely known as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991 to 2000, as well as in her capacities as Chair of the UNICEF Executive Board from 1978 to 1979 and as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency from 2003 to 2012. She also served as Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Japan Model United Nations.

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