Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian chief, resigns due to health concerns

On Monday, the United Nations (UN) announced that Martin Griffiths, its humanitarian chief, is stepping down for health reasons after nearly three years of addressing humanitarian crises around the world. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, revealed to The Associated Press that he contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID.

Prior to this position, Griffiths served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years. 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. Throughout his career, Griffiths has held various roles in international humanitarian organizations, 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.

Griffiths was also 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.

After taking up his current position at UNHCR in July 2021 amid rising global crises and dwindling funds for humanitarian aid, Griffiths has been working tirelessly to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Griffiths for his leadership and service to the United Nations and the humanitarian community in advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesperson stated that Griffiths will continue in his role until June 30th to facilitate a smooth transition.

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

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