UN Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths Steps Down due to Health Concerns After Fighting Global Crises

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

On Monday, the United Nations (UN) announced that Martin Griffiths, the UN’s humanitarian chief, will be stepping down for health reasons after nearly three years of addressing global humanitarian crises. 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.

Despite the challenges he faced during his tenure, including dwindling funds for humanitarian aid and escalating conflicts in various parts of the world, Griffiths remained committed to advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs. His leadership was commended by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has held various roles in international humanitarian organizations. Prior to his current position as UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, he served as the UN special envoy for Yemen for three years. He also worked as director of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva before establishing the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Griffiths’ dedication to humanitarian efforts and conflict resolution has earned him recognition throughout his career. He was founded 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. Griffiths will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition.

The UN expressed gratitude to Griffiths for his service and leadership during a time when global crises have become more complex and challenging than ever before. The organization wishes him well on his recovery from long COVID-19 and hopes that he continues to advocate for those affected by crises in the future.

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