Economic and Social Council
|1951/395(XIII)B.||Principles of the proposed protocol relating to the limitation of the production of opium119/|
The Economic and Social Council,
Conscious of the importance of international efforts for the prevention of the development of drug addiction,
Considering that for this purpose effective measures should be taken further the progress made under the 1925 and 1931 Conventions, in particular by seeking to limit the production of opium to medical and scientific needs,
Considering that present circumstances make the establishment of an international opium monopoly difficult for the time being,
Considering that it is nevertheless desirable to take such measures to further the aim of limiting the production of opium to medical and scientific needs as are practicable at the present time,
1. Notes the principles of the protocol relating to limitation of the production of opium drafted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs during its sixth session;
2. Requests the Secretary-General to submit these principles to the States Members of the United Nations and to non-member States Parties to the international treaties on narcotics for the communication of their observations thereon before 1 November 1951, in order that an annotated compendium of those observations can be prepared and that the protocol can be drafted in legal form by the Secretary-General and presented to the Council in time for its consideration in 1952; and
3. Decides to study in 1952, in the light of the observations made and of the draft protocol presented, the possibility of convening an international conference entrusted with the task of preparing and adopting a protocol relating to the limitation of the production of opium.
9 August 1951
[Resolution adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in a draft resolution at its sixth session (E/1998/Rev. 1 - E/CN.7/227/Rev.1, annex A, para. 2), with various minor amendments].