Economic and Social Council


1088th Plenary Meeting
30 July 1959

1959/730(XXVIII)G.Carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits of aircraft engaged in international flight*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Taking into consideration the opinion of the International Civil Aviation Organization39/ and the report and legal opinion40/ furnished by the Secretary-General under operative paragraphs 3 and 5 of Council resolution 689 F (XXVI) of 28 July 1958,

Taking note of the study prepared by the International Criminal Police Organization,41/

Noting that, after consultation with the World Health Organization42/ the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is of the opinion43/ that narcotic drugs in limited quantities are necessary in first-aid kits on board aircraft engaged in international flight for use in emergencies,

Considering that to ensure proper application and to prevent misuse or misappropriation, such drugs should be carried and used under adequate controls and safeguards, also taking into account the need for interfering as little as possible with the expeditious handling of air traffic on the ground,

Invites the Secretary-General, in co-operation with the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization and in consultation with the International Criminal Police Organization, to prepare and to distribute to Governments in sufficient time for consideration at the fifteenth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, a set of requirements essential to ensure proper use of narcotic drugs and to prevent their abuse and diversion for illicit purposes, such requirements to be recommended to Governments as a basis for the control of the carriage of narcotic drugs in first-aid kits on board aircraft engaged in international flight.

1088th plenary meeting,
30 July 1959

39/ See E/CN.7/SR.423.

40/ E/CN.7/367.

41/ E/CN.7/363.

42/ See E/CN.7/L.208.

43/ Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Twenty-eighth Session, Supplement 9 (E/3254), para. 362.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 10(XIV) (E/3254-E/CN.7/376, para 371 and chap. XIV sec. 1 draft resolution F), with a minor amendment.