The OPCW Executive Council approves a detailed plan of destruction to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile in the first half of 2014.
- In a statement to the Executive Council, the OPCW Director-General provides an update on the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission since his 25 October first monthly report.
- Special Coordinator briefs the UN Security Council in closed-door consultations, followed by a media stakeout.
The OPCW-UN Joint Mission confirms that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable.
UN Secretary-General transmits, in a letter to the President of the Security Council, the first monthly report of the OPCW Director-General. The letter also provides information on the UN activities from 27 September to 22 October 2013.
The OPCW Director-General submits his first monthly report to the OPCW Executive Council.
The Syrian Arab Republic submits its initial declaration as required by Article III of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
As of 22 October, 18 disclosure assessment visits conducted and activities related to destruction of critical equipment carried out at 16 sites.
By 17 October, 11 sites inspected - some facilities already made inoperable.
The OPCW and the UN jointly announce the formal establishment of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission and the appointment of Ms. Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator. The two organizations also establish separate but complementary Trust Funds to support Joint Mission operations.
The Chemical Weapons Convention enters into force for the Syrian Arab Republic.
The OPCW-UN Joint Mission commences the destruction of critical equipment with the aim to render inoperable, or “functionally destroy” chemical weapons production facilities, including mixing/filling plants by 1 November 2013.
With the assistance of the OPCW inspectors, the Syrian Arab Republic submits additional information to the disclosure made on 19 September.
Four days after the Executive Council and Security Council decisions, an OPCW-UN advance team arrives in Damascus, sets up an operational base and commences its work in accordance with EC-M-33/Dec.1 and resolution 2118 (2103).
OPCW Executive Council adopts EC-M-33/Dec.1, endorsed by the unanimous adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2118 (2013) on the same day.
The Syrian Arab Republic makes a disclosure of its chemical weapons programme to the OPCW Technical Secretariat.
- The Syrian Arab Republic deposits its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention with the United Nations Secretary-General, with a request to apply the Convention ahead of its formal entry into force for the Syrian Arab Republic on 14 October 2013.
- Framework Agreement on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons reached by the Russian Federation and the United States of America in Geneva