Inter-American seminar on the coca leaf67/*/
The Economic and Social Council,
Considering the importance of a solution of the coca leaf problem for the economic and social development of the countries in the Andean region,
Realizing that the solution of the problem would contribute to the integration of the India population in the national life of their countries and also to the elimination of the illicit traffic in cocaine,
Taking into account that the exchange of experiences in dealing with the coca leaf problem by the national technical officials concerned would contribute to better progress in this field,
Holding that a meeting of such officials would be particularly suitable for the purpose of training.
Having been informed that the amount of $75,000 as appropriated in recent years for the special programme of technical co-operation in the field of narcotic drugs under General Assembly resolution 1385(XIV) of 20 November 1959 would not be sufficient to finance the meeting in 1964 in view of other commitments,
1. Recommends that the government officials concerned of the American States meet periodically for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating the progress made by the individual countries in question with regard to the solution of the coca leaf problem, and also to the elimination of the illicit traffic in cocaine; and
2. Requests the Secretary-General to consider, in accordance with the usual criteria for assigning priority to projects requested under the United Nations technical assistance programme, the organization, from savings available under part V of the United Nations budget, of such a meeting as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.**/
1286th plenary meeting,
17 July 1963.
67/ Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Thirty-sixth Session, Supplement No. 9 (E/3775), para. 287.
*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 3(XVIII) (E/3775-E/CN.7/455, para. 287 and chap. XVI draft resolution B.I), with the substantial amendment indicated in footnote **/.
**/ In operative para. 2, the Commission had recommended to the General Assembly the appropriation of sufficient funds for the meeting recommended in para. 1, in addition to the US $ 75,000 regularly appropriated for the special programme of technical co-operation in the field of narcotic drugs under General Assembly resolution 1395(XIV).