Griffiths Steps Down as U.N. Humanitarian Chief Amid Pandemic: A Legacy of Dedication and Service to Humanity.

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

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief, announced his resignation on Monday after nearly three years of leading humanitarian efforts across the globe. He contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing long COVID symptoms. Despite this, he continued to advocate for people affected by crises and mobilize resources to address their needs.

Griffiths took on the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 during escalating global crises and diminishing funds for humanitarian aid. Prior to this position, he served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years. Throughout his career, he 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.

He 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. 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 demonstrates a commitment to humanitarian efforts and conflict resolution.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Griffiths’ leadership and service to humanity during his tenure at UNHCR.

Farhan Haq, UN deputy spokesman stated that Griffiths will continue until June 30th to facilitate a smooth transition.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief, announced his resignation on Monday after nearly three years of leading humanitarian efforts across the globe. He contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing long COVID symptoms. Despite this, he continued to advocate for people affected by crises and mobilize resources to address…

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