Martin Griffiths, the UN humanitarian chief who has been dealing with humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza and Africa for nearly three years, announced his resignation on Monday due to health reasons. Griffiths, who is 72, contracted a severe case of COVID-19 in October and has been battling the virus ever since.

Griffiths assumed the role of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in July 2021 amid an escalating global crisis and dwindling humanitarian aid funding. Prior to this role, he was the UN’s special envoy to Yemen for three years. From 1994 to 2010, Griffiths held various roles in Geneva, including Director of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs and founder of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue. He focused on developing political dialogue between governments and rebels across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Throughout his career, Griffiths has been committed to advocating for people affected by crises and mobilizing resources to address their needs. He has worked as a British diplomat and contributed to various international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Aid. His dedication to this work has earned him praise from many leaders in the field of human rights and emergency response.

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