June 13, 2024

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths Resigns for Health Reasons After Nearly Three Years on the Job

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

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. humanitarian chief, has announced his resignation for health reasons after nearly three years of addressing humanitarian crises around the world. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID. He assumed the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 amidst escalating global crises and diminishing funds for humanitarian aid. Prior to this position, Griffiths served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years.

Griffiths has held various roles in international humanitarian organizations throughout his career, including serving as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace, special adviser to U.N. special envoys for Syria, and deputy head of the U.N. mission in Syria during the early years of the conflict.

He was director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva in 1994, which preceded the establishment of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Later he worked as the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva with a focus on promoting political dialogue between governments and insurgents in various countries across continents, including Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has demonstrated a commitment to humanitarian efforts and conflict resolution.

Farhan Haq, the U

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