UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths resigning due to health concerns

Martin Griffiths Steps Down as UN Humanitarian Chief after Three Years of Exceptional Leadership.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations humanitarian chief, is stepping down due to health reasons after nearly three years of tackling humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. The UN announced this news on Monday, commending Griffiths for his exceptional leadership and service in advocating for those affected by crises and mobilizing resources to meet their needs.

Griffiths, who is 72 years old, recently suffered from a severe case of COVID-19 in October and continues to deal with long-term effects. He took on the role of UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 during a time when global crises were intensifying while funding for humanitarian aid was dwindling.

Before becoming the UN’s top humanitarian official, Griffiths served as the UN special envoy for Yemen for three years. He will continue in his current role until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition. Throughout his career, he has held various positions in international humanitarian organizations, including director of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Griffiths has also been a special adviser to U.N envoys for Syria and was involved in the early years of the conflict in Syria as the deputy head of the U.N mission there. With his extensive experience in diplomacy and humanitarian work, Griffiths has made significant contributions to addressing crises and supporting vulnerable communities around the world.

The UN lauded Griffiths’ exceptional leadership skills and his ability to mobilize resources to meet the needs of people affected by crises worldwide. During his tenure as U.N undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Griffiths worked tirelessly to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

In conclusion, Martin Griffiths’ departure marks an end to an era of exceptional leadership and service at the United Nations Humanitarian Office. His legacy will live on through his significant contributions towards addressing some of humanity’s most pressing challenges.

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