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

Martin Griffiths Resigns as U.N. Undersecretary-General due to COVID-19 Health Issues

Nearly three years after taking on the role of U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths has announced his resignation due to health reasons. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID.

Griffiths assumed his position in July 2021 amidst escalating global crises and diminishing funds for humanitarian aid. Prior to this role, he served as the U.N. special envoy for Yemen for three years. 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, which preceded the establishment of the U.N

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