SG’s Travels: The SG will travel to the Republic of Korea on Saturday, where he will meet with Korean dignitaries as well as receive the Seoul Peace Prize, which he welcomes as a recognition of the UN’s efforts. On Tuesday, October 30, the SG will address the Korean National Assembly on the topic, “The United Nations and Korea: Together, Building the Future We Want.” He returns to New York on Wednesday.

Afghanistan: The Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, issued a statement today, condemning the suicide bomb attack that killed at least 40 people and injured 52 in the country’s north, during prayers linked to Eid Al-Adha.

Myanmar: The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has called for the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be addressed as a priority. He expressed concerns over renewed violence between the communities that has left scores dead, over 850 people detained, and tens of thousands displaced.

Next week at the UN:

Monday, October 29: The SC will hold an open debate on women and peace and security, resolution 1325.

Tuesday, October 30: The SC will hold a private meeting on the ICJ and will adopt its annual report and a resolution on Somalia; John Ging, Director of Operations for OCHA, will be a guest at the noon briefing.

Thursday, November 1: India will assume the rotating Presidency of the SC for November

Friday, November 2: President of the SC for the month of November and Permanent Representative of India will hold a press conference.