Leading With Courage: Martin Griffiths Resigns From U.N. Humanitarian Chief for Health Reasons After Nearly 3 Years of Advocating for the Vulnerable

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths to resign due to health issues

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. humanitarian chief, has announced his resignation for health reasons after nearly three years of trying to address mounting humanitarian crises in various regions such as Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres commended Griffiths for his exceptional leadership and service to the United Nations and the humanitarian community in advocating for individuals impacted by crises and mobilizing resources to meet their needs.

Griffiths, 72, had contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID. Prior to his current position as U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, he had served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years, showcasing his expertise as a seasoned negotiator with broad global experience. Griffiths will remain in his current position until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has worked as a British diplomat and collaborated with international humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, and Action Aid. He was also the director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva in 1994 before heading the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, his current position

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