UN Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths Announces Resignation Due to Long-Term Health Effects of COVID-19

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

On Monday, the United Nations announced that Martin Griffiths, who has been the U.N. humanitarian chief for nearly three years, will be stepping down for health reasons. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, revealed to The Associated Press that he contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has held various roles in international humanitarian organizations and has demonstrated a commitment to humanitarian efforts and conflict resolution. He assumed the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 amidst escalating global crises and diminishing funds for humanitarian aid. Prior to this position, Griffiths served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years.

Griffiths will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition, according to Farhan Haq, the U.N. deputy spokesman. Throughout his career, Griffiths has held various roles in international humanitarian organizations, including serving as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace, special adviser to U.N. special envoys for Syria, and deputy head of the U.N. mission in Syria during the early years of the conflict. He was also director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva in 1994 and later worked as the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva with a focus on promoting political dialogue between governments and insurgents in various countries across continents, including Asia, Africa

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