U.N. Head Praises Ogata as Refugee Aid Standard Setter


New York, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised former U.N. refugee chief Sadako Ogata as a standard setter for refugee aid in a statement released Tuesday upon the news of her death.

Ogata, who was the first woman to serve as U.N. high commissioner for refugees, "set the standard for helping refugees: principled, compassionate, effective," the statement said.

Expressing his deep sadness, Guterres called Ogata a "role model for people across the world."

Ogata "was fearless in her advocacy for people, humanitarian action and political solutions," said Guterres, who himself held the post of UNHCR from 2005 to 2015.

"She was a pioneer in highlighting not only the impact of violence on women, but the imperative of women's involvement in solutions," the statement also said.

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