UNITED
NATIONS

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Economic and Social Council

Distr.
GENERAL

E/RES/1958/689(XXVI)F
1042nd Plenary Meeting
28 July 1958


1958/689(XXVI)F.Provisional safeguards for the carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight*/

 

The Economic and Social Council,

Having been requested by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization to consider the problem of the carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight,

Noting that the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization at the eighth meeting of its thirteenth session, on 1 April 1957, invited the World Health Organization to study the medical aspects of this question,

Intending to give further consideration to the problem of formulating guidance to Governments on the regime of control needed for this purpose,

Considering that, pending action to be taken in the light of the recommendations to be received from the World Health Organization, Governments should take steps to prevent the diversion to illicit purposes of such drugs,

1. Recommends Governments to take all necessary measures to prevent the misuse and diversion for illicit purposes of narcotic drugs carried in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight, in particular by ensuring that such drugs are kept in sealed or locked containers to which only authorized persons have access, that adequate records of supply and use, and of stocks, of narcotic drugs are maintained by the airline companies concerned, and that such records and stocks are subject to regular inspection;**/

2. Requests the Secretary-General to invite the views of the International Criminal Police Organization on the safeguards which should be taken to prevent the diversion of such drugs for illicit purposes;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to prepare, if the World Health Organization study supports the carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight, a report on the legal problems,***/ in particular concerning the application of efficient safeguards against abuse and of uniform principles under which opiates or similar drugs might be used and carried in first-aid kits on board aircraft in an effort to promote uniformity under existing laws, this report to be prepared in consultation with the secretariats of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization;

4. Invites the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to consider the report***/ referred to in the preceeding paragraph at its fourteenth session, if possible, and to advise the Economic and Social Council whether further measures should be recommended to Governments for application;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission, at its fourteenth session, a legal opinion on the carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight in the light of the provisions of chapter V of the International Opium Convention signed at Geneva on 19 February 1925, as amended by the Protocol of 11 December 1946.

1042nd plenary meeting,
28 July 1958
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*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its draft resolution IV(XIII) (E/3133 - E/CN.7/354, annex I), with the amendments indicated in footnotes**/ and ***/.

**/ In an additional paragraph, the Commission had invited the World Health Organization to study the medical aspects of the carriage of narcotic drugs and to report thereon to the Secretary-General.

***/ The Commission had recommended the preparation of a draft set of rules.