Ambassador and Mrs. Hakimi welcomed Madame Sadako Ogata for lunch

Embassy of Afghanistan

Ambassador and Mrs. Hakimi stand with Madame Ogata.

Embassy of Afghanistan

Ambassador and Mrs. Hakimi stand with Madame Ogata and her associates.

Photo: Madame Sadako Ogata for lunch
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WASHINGTON—Ambassador and Mrs. Hakimi welcomed Honorable Sadako Ogata for lunch at the Embassy on Thursday, September 21, 2012. They discussed the progress of the many initiatives underway in Afghanistan as a result of Madame Ogata’s work as the former President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and former Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Japan on Afghanistan.

Ambassador and Mrs. Hakimi worked closely with Madame Ogata in the Ambassador’s last post as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Japan.

In addition to her work with JICA, Madame Ogata played an integral role in organizing and executing both the 2012 and 2002 Tokyo Conferences on economic reconstruction in Afghanistan. The latest conference held in July of 2012, has resulted in commitments from the international community to support Afghanistan’s economic development through the next ten years. Madame Ogata was so closely involved in the development of Afghanistan after 2001 that President Karzai made her an honorary citizen of Afghanistan.

Madame Ogata also served as the Honorary Chair of the Advisory Board on Human Security, co-chaired the Commission on Human Security (June 2001 to April 2003), and was Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation. From 1991 to 2000, Madam Ogata served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).