Economic and Social Council


890th Plenary Meeting
3 August 1955

1955/588(XX)B.International control of narcotics and implementation of the treaties*/



The Economic and Social Council,

Having regard to the necessity for strict compliance by all States Parties to the international treaties on narcotic drugs with the provisions concerning the control of the international trade in such drugs,

Having been informed by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs82/ that, according to the annual reports of a number of Governments, copies of export authorizations are not regularly and promptly returned by the importing countries as required by paragraph 5 of article 13 of the 1925 Convention,

Recommends that the Governments of the importing countries take appropriate measures to ensure the regular and prompt return of the copies of export authorizations to the exporting countries.


The Economic and Social Council,

Noting the report of the Permanent Central Opium Board on statistics of narcotics for 1953 and the work of the Board in 1954,83/

Appreciating the value of the services rendered by the permanent Central Opium Board and the Drug Supervisory Body in the field of international control of narcotic drugs over a long period of years,

Having regard to the increased volume of work falling upon these expert bodies as a result of the Protocol of 1948 and the Opium Protocol of 1953, and stressing the need for the effective and stable operation of these bodies,

1. Recommends the Secretary-General to continue to ensure that the arrangements for the organization and the working of the Board and the Supervisory Body shall provide these organs with the necessary facilities for their work;

2. Recommends the General Assembly to provide the necessary funds for this purpose.


The Economic and Social Council,

Noting that, as stated in the report of the Permanent Central Opium Board,84/ certain Governments have either submitted no estimates or statistics at all or have submitted incomplete or inaccurate estimate or statistics,

Convinced that the gaps in the estimates or statistics caused thereby seriously hamper the work of the Board,

Calls upon Governments to comply with their obligations under the 1925 and 1931 Conventions to transmit to the Board complete and accurate estimates and statistics, regularly and promptly.


The Economic and Social Council,

Having regard to the statement entitled Estimated World Requirements of Narcotic Drugs in 195585/ issued by the Drug Supervisory Body,

Recognizing the importance of the estimates system established by the 1931 Convention in the system of international drug control and the great advantages which it presents from the point of view of public health and prevention of drug addiction,

1. Draws the attention of Governments in particular to the observations of the Drug Supervisory Body made in the said statement and to the recommendations and advice contained therein;

2. Recommends Governments to make their estimates of narcotic drugs as accurate as possible, and to accompany them with explanations of the methods employed to calculate the quantities involved.

890th plenary meeting,
3 August 1955

82/ Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Twentieth Session, Supplement No. 8 (E/2768 and Corr. 1), para. 31.

83/ E/CB/10 and Add. United Nations publication, Sales No.: 1954.XI.4 and Addendum.

84/ E/OB/10 and Add. United Nations publication, Sales No.: 1954.XI.4 and Addendum.

85/ E/DSB/12. United Nations publication, Sales No.: 1954.XI.5.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its draft resolution.