Economic and Social Council


739th Plenary Meeting
28 July 1953

1953/505(XVI)B.Abolition of Opium Smoking*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Having considered the findings of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs with regard to the implementation of Council resolution 159 IIB(VII),

Noting the legislative and other progress that has been made in certain areas towards the abolition of opium smoking,

Mindful of General Assembly resolution 593(VI) and Council resolution 450 (XIV),

Desiring to simplify the task of governments in carrying out their obligations in respect of the international control of narcotic drugs,

Considering that the evil of opium smoking should be suppressed as speedily as possible,

1. Repeats its invitation to all countries in which opium smoking is still practised to suppress this evil as speedily as possible;

2. Requests governments henceforth to include the information on the abolition of opium smoking solicited by Council resolution 159 IIB(VII) in the annual report which each of them transmits to the Secretary-General in accordance with article 21 of the Convention of 1931 for limiting the Manufacture and regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs or article 21 of the International Opium Convention of 1912.

739th plenary meeting,
28 July 1953

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in a draft resolution of its eighth session (E/2423 - E/CN.7/262, annex A para. 3).