The United Nations announced on Monday that Martin Griffiths, their humanitarian chief, will be stepping down for health reasons after nearly three years of handling humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and Africa. Griffiths, who is 72, most recently suffered a severe case of COVID-19 in October and is still dealing with the long-term effects.

Before becoming the UN’s top humanitarian official, Griffiths was the UN’s special envoy for Yemen for three years. He will continue in his current role until the end of June to ensure a smooth transition. During his career, he held various positions in international humanitarian organizations, including Director of the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and founder of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Griffiths was also a special adviser to the UN envoy for Syria and was involved in the early years of the conflict in Syria as deputy head of the UN mission in that country. With his vast experience in diplomacy and humanitarian work, Griffiths has made a significant contribution to solving crises and supporting vulnerable communities around the world.

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