Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian chief, resigns due to health issues

A Humanitarian Diplomat’s Legacy: Martin Griffiths Leaves the UN after Three Years of Addressing Crises Worldwide

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations’ (U.N.) humanitarian chief, has announced his resignation for health reasons after nearly three years of addressing humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, shared that he contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still dealing with long COVID. Despite his health issues, Griffiths remained committed to advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Griffiths has had a distinguished career as a veteran British diplomat and experienced negotiator. Before assuming the U.N.’s top humanitarian position, he served as the U.N.’s special envoy for Yemen for three years. He also held various roles in Geneva from 1994 to 2010, including director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs and founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Griffiths’ work focused on developing political dialogues between governments and insurgents across Asia, Africa, and Europe. He also served as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace from 2014 to 2018 and worked as a special adviser to three U.N. special envoys for Syria.

Earlier in his career, Griffiths worked as a British diplomat and contributed to various international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and Action Aid. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Secretary-General António Guterres praised Griffiths for his leadership and service in advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Griffiths will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition.

In conclusion, Martin Griffiths’ resignation marks an end to an era where he played an instrumental role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises while advocating for those affected by them

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