Ocotober 2: The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee begins on October 2, running until November 21. The committee will hear and interact with special rapporteurs, independent experts, and chairs of working groups as mandated by the Human Rights Council.
October 5: It is the day of the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize Winner. This year, 331 nominations were made for the Nobel Peace Prize—216 individuals and 115 organizations—the second-highest number on record.
October 7: Cameroon will hold its election for president. President Paul Biya is running for his seventh term. Biya scrapped term limits from the constitution in 2008, allowing him to run again and prompting riots in which more than 40 people were killed. President Biya is expected to easily extend his 36-year rule, but the ongoing Anglophone crisis has emerged as his government’s most serious challenge in years.
October 18-19: As the deadline for a Brexit withdrawal agreement draws ever closer, EU leaders are set to meet again on October 18-19 in Brussels, a meeting the President of the European Council Donald Tusk referred to as the “moment of truth.” During a meeting of Conservative Party faithful former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson stopped just short of an outright leadership bid to replace Prime Minister Theresa May but tore into her Brexit blueprint.
October 20: Voters in Afghanistan are due to go to the polls to elect a new Afghan parliament. Sources have claimed that Taliban and Afghan government representatives have met in Saudi Arabia to discuss security ahead of the election, though a Taliban spokesman denied the claim. The process has been hampered by fears of attacks on polling stations and campaign rallies. Ensuring the vote passes off smoothly and without violence has been a top priority for the Afghan government and its international partners. The elections come at a time of increased violence in the country and the expectation among officials that it will intensify.