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

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

Griffiths, a veteran British diplomat and experienced negotiator, served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years before assuming the U.N.’s top humanitarian position. From 1994 to 2010, he 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.

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

Throughout his career, he 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.

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