At the Committee we are once again into the rhythm of a plenary session week. This morning I chaired the weekly management board meeting and then our ‘pre-session meeting’ (of all the services involved in the forthcoming meetings). And this evening I attended a meeting of the enlarged Presidency (the President, two Vice-Presidents, three Group Presidents and the Secretary General), where we discuss the political preparation of the week. This week the enlarged Presidency also had a discussion in the context of the Committee’s annual civil society prize, which will be awarded by the President during the 7 December plenary session, for we are, according to the rules governing the prize, the selection committee. We have a bumper harvest of candidatures this year. The administration has worked fast and efficiently to weed out any ineligible candidatures, and now we must start reading through the entries to draw up our short lists. To know more about the prize, go here.