1997 Prize awarded to Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at 5pm, Geneva Conservatory of Music
The 1997 Prize of the Foundation for Geneva was awarded to Mrs. Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during a ceremony at the Geneva Conservatory of Music, in the presence of Mr. Dominique Micheli, President of the Foundation for Geneva, and Mr. Jean-Philippe Maitre, President of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva
In his speech, Mr. Yves Oltramare, previous laureate of the Foundation for Geneva Prize, praised the prestigious diplomatic career and the brilliant academic career of Mrs. Sadako Ogata before praising her for having succeeded in making the international world unanimous, by making herself admired, respected and … loved. This prize is a reward for a life’s work dedicated to strengthening human solidarity and the fundamental right of every human being to live at home in peace and dignity.
Mrs. Ogada’s work at the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees since 1991 has illustrated in a particularly convincing way Geneva’s reputation as an international center for humanitarian action.
The ceremony was followed by a vin d’honneur offered at the Foyer du Grand Théâtre by the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva.