Economic and Social Council



27 May 1952

1952/436(XIV)C.International co-operation to control the illicit traffic in narcotics*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Having been informed by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs that the international illicit traffic in narcotic drugs has increased dangerously,

Requests the Secretary-General:

(a) To advise governments that this baneful trade cannot be combated successfully by national efforts alone, and that international co-operation is essential;

(b) To urge governments to take immediate steps, if they have not already done so, to adopt the practice of direct communication between national administrations controlling the illicit traffic; if, within a country more than one department exercises control thereof, the government concerned shall determine the channel through which such communication is to be conducted; and

(c) To ask governments to review their preventive systems with a view to ensuring that their preventive organizations are adequate to combat the illicit traffic within their territories.

27 May 1952

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission of Narcotic Drugs in a draft resolution of its seventh session (E/2219 - E/CN.7/240, annex A, para. 3), with minor amendments.