OECD Secretary-General extends condolences to the family of Mrs. Sadako Ogata


31/10/2019 - It is with great sorrow that we received the news of the death of Mrs. Sadako Ogata. On behalf of all of us working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives, friends and loved ones of Mrs. Ogata, and to the people of Japan for their great loss.


Mrs. Ogata was a true internationalist and a visionary leader, who led the UN refugee agency as the first female and the first Japanese High Commissioner for Refugees, standing on the front lines of humanitarian action during a turbulent decade shortly after the end of the Cold War. She continued to devote herself to tackle global issues like poverty and conflict resolution, pioneering the notion of human security, as President of Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), and helped drive Japan’s efforts in international co-operation, including through supporting the work of the OECD Development Assistant Committee (DAC). Her remarkable and extraordinary service to the peace, stability and development of the world will always be remembered.


As one of the greatest supporters of Japan’s relationship with the OECD, Mrs. Ogata will be greatly missed by the Organisation. I cherish the memory of celebrating together in Tokyo the 50th Anniversary of Japan’s accession to the OECD at the launch of the Friends of the OECD Parliamentary Group in 2014.


She was a wonderful role model standing up for international co-operation for a better world. Her legacy will stay with us for the years to come!


Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General


At the launch of the Friends of the OECD Parliamentary Group on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Japan’s membership to the OECD, on 8 April 2014 in Tokyo, Japan



From left: the Secretary-General; Mrs. Sadako Ogata; Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, MP, Chairman of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives and Chairman of Friends of the OECD; Mr. Nobuo Kishi, MP, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (titles at the time of the photo taken)



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