COVID-19 Survivor and U.N. Chief: Martin Griffiths Commended for Humanitarian Leadership

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

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres commended Martin Griffiths on Monday for his leadership and service to the United Nations and the humanitarian community in advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs. Griffiths, who is 72 years old, revealed that he contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still experiencing symptoms of long COVID.

Griffiths 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, which preceded his role as undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.

Farhan Haq, the U.N. deputy spokesman, stated that Griffiths will continue in his role until the end of June to facilitate a smooth transition 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.

In addition to these roles, Griffiths was director of the U

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