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Published Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018 - 11:11:40
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UN chief appoints former British diplomat as Yemen envoy

UN chief appoints former British diplomat as Yemen envoy
World  - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notified the Security Council on Tuesday of his intention to appoint former British diplomat Martin Griffiths as his new envoy charged with trying to broker peace in Yemen, diplomats said.

The appointment will be approved by the council on Thursday evening if none of the 15-members have raised any objections. Typically, the Secretary-General has already informally consulted with council members before sending official notification.

Griffiths, currently executive director of the European Institute of Peace, will replace Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who the United Nations said would step down after three years in the job when his current contract finishes this month.

Yemen, which relies heavily on imports for food, is on the brink of famine and nearly 1 million people have been infected with cholera.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in the Yemen war, according to the World Health Organisation.

A severe cholera outbreak has also left 2,000 people dead and one million infected, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Born in 1951, Mr Griffiths was the founding director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, which specialises in political dialogue. He held that position from 1999 to 2010.

He has also worked in the British diplomatic service and for international agencies, such as UNICEF and the non-governmental organisation Save the Children.

In 1994, he was appointed director of UN humanitarian affairs in Geneva and in 1998 became deputy to the UN emergency relief coordinator in New York.

 

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Published Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018 - 11:11:40
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