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UN Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths Steps Down Due to Health Reasons: A Career in Advocacy and Diplomacy

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian chief, resigns due to health issues

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations (U.N.) humanitarian chief, announced on Monday that he would be stepping down from his position 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.

Prior to his current role, Griffiths served as the U.N.’s special envoy for Yemen for three years before assuming the U.N.’s top humanitarian position. He will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition. 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.’s special envoys for Syria.

Early in his career, Griffiths worked as a British diplomat and contributed to various international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children

By Samantha Jones

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