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Economic and Social Council

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E/RES/1956/626(XXII)D
947th Plenary Meeting
2 August 1956


1956/626(XXII)D.Technical Assistance for narcotics control

 

The Economic and Social Council,

Having considered the resolution on technical assistance for narcotics control addressed to it by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs,46/

Considering that it is important to take all possible steps to limit narcotic drugs to medical and scientific use and to combat illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and drug addiction, and that these are among the principal aims of the multilateral conventions dealing with narcotic drugs,

Recognizing that technical assistance, by the imparting of technical knowledge and skills, and by facilitating the exchange of technical knowledge between countries, can help Governments to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to achieve these aims,

Recalling its resolution 548 E(XVIII) of 12 July 1954 recommending that the technical assistance services of the United Nations and the specialized agencies give due consideration to any requests which the countries concerned may make for assistance in developing appropriate administrative, social or other remedial measures for the gradual suppression of the habit of coca chewing,

Recalling that the Commission on Narcotic Drugs has recommended to Governments that, with respect to important seizures of opium made in the illicit traffic, the reports which they are obligated to make under article 23 of the 1931 Convention for Limiting the Manufacture and Regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs should include determinations of the origin of the opium ascertained by physical and chemical methods, and has invited them to consider setting up their own facilities for making such determinations in conjunction with the United Nations Narcotics Laboratory.47/

Taking account of the arrangements previously established by the General Assembly concerning the regular programmes and the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance,

Considering that the specialized agencies, particularly the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, within their competence and by virtue of their programmes of technical assistance, are able to render important services to their members in this field, and that certain other organizations are also so equipped;

1. Invites Governments to consider the possibility of applying, under existing arrangements concerned with technical assistance, for the following forms of assistance in the field of narcotics control, including the development of substitute crops:

(a) Advisory services of experts,

(b) Fellowships and scholarships,

(c) Seminars;

2. Recommends that the United Nations and the specialized agencies give due consideration to any request which the countries concerned may make for technical assistance in developing appropriate administrative, social or economic measures in order to deal effectively with the problems posed by the illicit production of narcotic drugs, the illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, and drug addiction;

3. Requests the Secretary-General, after consultation with the specialized agencies concerned, to report to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its twelfth session and to the Council at its twenty-fourth session concerning the extent to which it has been possible to meet requests for technical assistance in narcotics control under existing resolutions;

4. Expresses the hope that non-governmental organizations, including foundations and universities, will also give assistance for narcotics control in their fields of interest, and requests the Secretary-General to investigate the possibilities of such assistance and to report to the Commission and the Council any offer of assistance which may be received.

947th plenary meeting,
2 August 1956
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46/ Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Twenty-second Session, Supplement No. 8 (E/2891), Annex A.2.

47/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Twentieth Session, Supplement No. 8 (E/2768), Annex B, resolution I.