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The Departure of Martin Griffiths: Reflecting on a Legacy of Humanitarian Leadership

BySamantha Johnson

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

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. humanitarian chief, is stepping down for health reasons after nearly three years of trying to address mounting humanitarian crises in various regions such as Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. The United Nations announced his resignation on Monday.

In a statement, 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 had contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID.

Griffiths took on the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in July 2021 after serving as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years, showcasing his expertise as a seasoned negotiator with broad global experience. He will remain in his current position until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.

Prior to this role, he had served as the director of the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva before heading the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, where he worked with international humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, and Action Aid throughout his career as a British diplomat.

Griffiths was also the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva from 1999 to 2010, focusing on political dialogue between governments and insurgents across different countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

From 2014 to 2018, he served as first executive director of European Institute of Peace before becoming a special adviser to three U.N special envoys for Syria.

Overall Griffiths has extensive experience working with international humanitarian organizations and dealing with crises worldwide throughout his career as a British diplomat which makes him one of most experienced people at UN level when it comes to addressing humanitarian issues globally

By Samantha Johnson

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