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Martin Griffiths appointed as UN humanitarian chief

Date: 14 May 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • The United Nations chief has appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths, a seasoned negotiator with wide global experience, as the new UN humanitarian chief.
  • The UN's top humanitarian post has traditionally gone to someone from Britain, part of an unofficial division of top UN posts among the five permanent Security Council nations.
  • From 1999 to 2010, he was the founding director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He focused on developing political dialogue between governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Mr. Griffiths served as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace from 2014-2018 and he served as special adviser to three UN special envoys for Syria and as deputy head of the UN mission in Syria from 2012-2014.