Griffiths Resigns as U.N. Humanitarian Chief after Three Years of Addressing Global Crises

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths to resign due to health issues

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths announced his resignation for health reasons after three years of working to address global crises such as those in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. Griffiths, 72, had contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID. Despite this setback, Griffiths continued to work tirelessly to advocate for those impacted by crises and mobilize resources to meet their needs.

Griffiths took on the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 after serving as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years. Prior to this, he had served in various humanitarian roles such as the director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, among others.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Griffiths for his exceptional leadership and service to the United Nations and the humanitarian community during his tenure as UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. He also thanked him for his dedication to addressing crises worldwide and advocating for those impacted by them, despite dwindling funds for humanitarian assistance due to global economic challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Griffiths will remain in his current position until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition while he continues to receive medical care related to his health condition. Throughout his career, Griffiths worked as a British diplomat and collaborated with international humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, Action Aid, among others.

In conclusion, Martin Griffiths’ resignation marks an end to an era of exceptional leadership in addressing global crises worldwide while advocating for individuals impacted by these crises and mobilizing resources to meet their needs during a time when funds were dwindling due to economic challenges like COVID-19 pandemic.

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths announced his resignation for health reasons after three years of working to address global crises such as those in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. Griffiths, 72, had contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID. Despite this setback, Griffiths continued to work tirelessly…

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