Bidding Farewell: Martin Griffiths’ Legacy as UN’s Humanitarian Chief”.

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

On Monday, the United Nations announced that Martin Griffiths, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief, will be stepping down for health reasons after nearly three years of addressing humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres praised Griffiths for his leadership and service in advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Griffiths, who is 72 years old, shared that he contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still dealing with long COVID. He took on the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021, amidst escalating global crises and dwindling funds for humanitarian aid.

Before assuming the U.N.’s top humanitarian position, Griffiths served as the U.N.’s special envoy for Yemen for three years, where he worked tirelessly to bring an end to the conflict in the region. From 1994 to 2010, Griffiths held various roles in Geneva, including director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs and founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue. He focused on developing political dialogues between governments and insurgents across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Griffiths also served as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace from 2014 to 2018 and worked as a special adviser to three U.N special envoys for Syria throughout his career.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has been dedicated to advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs.

Griffiths will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition.

In conclusion, Martin Griffiths has made significant contributions to addressing humanitarian crises across different regions worldwide during his tenure as UN’s undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. His dedication towards advocating for people affected by crises has set a positive precedent in international diplomacy.

Sophia Reynolds

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