Economic and Social Council


947th Plenary Meeting
2 August 1956

1956/626(XXII)C.International control of narcotics and implementation of the treaties*/



The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling its resolution 548 H(XVIII) of 12 July 1954 calling upon all States to become parties to the Protocol signed at Paris on 19 November 1948, 43/ bringing under international control drugs outside the scope of the Convention of 13 July 1931 for Limiting the Manufacture and Regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs as amended by the Protocol signed at Lake Success on 11 December 1946,

Invites the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to adhere to the Protocol of 1948 in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 5 of the said Protocol.

43/ E/NT/7. United Nations publication, Sales No. 1949.XI.6.


The Economic and Social Council,

Considering the magnitude of the illicit traffic in narcotic drugs,

Recalling that the considerable production of opium has long been regarded as one of the principal causes of this traffic,

Considering that the application of the provisions of the Protocol signed at New York on 23 June 1953 44/ would constitute an important step forward in limiting the production and use of opium to medical and scientific purposes,

Invites those States eligible to become parties, which have not already ratified or acceded to the Protocol, to do so immediately so that it will enter into force as soon as possible.

44/ E/NT/8. United Nations publication, Sales No. 1953.XI.6.


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling that under article 21 of the 1931 Convention 45/ parties are required to communicate to one another, through the Secretary-General, their national laws and regulations,

Recalling at the same time its resolution 557 A(XVIII) of 5 August 1954 on the limitation of documentation,

1. Invites Governments to communicate these laws and regulations promptly;

2. Requests the Secretary-General:

(a) To circulate annually to Governments a cumulative multi-purpose index relating to these laws and regulations;

(b) To prepare a summary annual tabulation for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of changes in the scope of control contained in the laws and regulations;

(c) To prepare, as the need arises, summaries, analyses or studies of the material contained in the laws and regulations relating to particular aspects of international control;

(d) In the light of the above, to prepare a summary of laws and regulations every five years in lieu of the annual summary authorized by Council resolution 49(IV) of 28 March 1947.

947th plenary meeting,
2 August 1956

45/ E/NT/3. United Nations publication, Sales No.: 1947.XI.6.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its draft resolution I(XI) (E/2891-E/CN.7/315, annex 17, with minor amendments.