Stepping Down: The Farewell of Martin Griffiths, the U.N.’s Top Humanitarian Chief due to Health Reasons

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths resigning due to health concerns

The U.N.’s top humanitarian official, Martin Griffiths, is stepping down due to health reasons after nearly three years of addressing humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, recently suffered from a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still dealing with long-term effects.

Before becoming the U.N.’s top humanitarian official, Griffiths served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years. He will continue in his current role until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition. Throughout his career, he has held various positions in international humanitarian organizations, including director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Griffiths has also been a special adviser to U.N. envoys for Syria and was involved in the early years of the conflict in Syria as the deputy head of the U.N. mission there. With his vast experience in diplomacy and humanitarian work, Griffiths has made significant contributions to addressing crises and supporting vulnerable communities around the world.

The United Nations announced on Monday that Martin Griffiths would be stepping down as their humanitarian chief due to health reasons after nearly three years of advocating for those affected by crises and mobilizing 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 during a time when global crises were escalating while funding for humanitarian aid was declining.

Throughout his career, he has held various positions in international humanitarian organizations such as director of the U

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