The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, arrived in Cairo from China early on Thursday morning, 19 October, as part of a humanitarian mission at a moment of profound crisis in the Middle East region.

In Gaza, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reports that two more of its staff were confirmed killed, bringing to 16 the total number killed since 7 October. The Agency continues advocating at the highest levels for sustained, unhindered humanitarian access for fuel, food, water and medicine into Gaza.

The country team in Egypt is addressing food insecurity - worsened by disrupted grain exports from the Russian Federation and Ukraine – by supporting vulnerable groups through cash transfers, vouchers, and food distribution, and providing fertilizers, loans and training to improve livelihoods to some 4,600 smallholder farmers.

The Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) just completed a visit to Kidal, where he met with officials and other stakeholders. Discussions focused on means of improving cooperation and supporting the acceleration of the implementation of the Peace Agreement.