The British appointed Martin Griffiths to be the Head of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations – 45eNord.ca

British Martin Griffiths will be the next head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [ONU Genève/Violaine Martin]

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The UN envoy to Yemen will head the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations News Center reports.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio GuterresBritain’s Martin Griffiths was announced Wednesday as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Martin Griffiths would replace his countryman Mark Lowcock who announced on February 7 his intention to leave the administrationOCHA “To return to the UK to spend more time with his family,” but he will remain in office until the UN Secretary-General finds a replacement. Three months later, Mr. Guterres decided to choose another Briton to coordinate the humanitarian affairs of the United Nations.

Griffiths, who will turn 70 in July, is currently the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to Yemen. A statement from Mr. Guterres’ office said the position he had held for more than three years and “will continue to hold until a transfer is announced.”

The Briton will take over the OCHA with a wealth of leadership experience in humanitarian affairs gained at United Nations Headquarters and in the field, both strategically and operationally. In 1992, he was Director of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva – which preceded the creation of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – then held the position of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations in New York (1998-1999) and the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the African Great Lakes Region And the Balkans.

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Whoever is also involved in British diplomacy and the NGO world (Save the Children, Action Aid), will also share their high-level experience in resolving, negotiating and mediating international disputes. He was an advisor to three special envoys of the UN Secretary-General to Syria and held the position of Deputy Head of the United Nations Monitoring Mission in Syria (2012-2014).

The first Executive Director of the European Peace Institute (2014-2018), Mr. Griffiths was also the founding director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva (1999-2010) where he specialized in developing dialogue policies between governments and insurgents in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Griffiths will be the fifth Briton to lead the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. A position that has been continuously held by a UK citizen since 2007.

Mr. Griffiths holds a Masters degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is fluent in English and French.

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