Economic and Social Council


1416th Plenary Meeting
4 March 1966

1966/1105(XL).The question of the coca leaf*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recognizing that in the highlands of the Endean region, coca-leaf chewing constitutes a grave human problem, being a negative factor in the socio-economic and cultural development of the region,

Taking into account that it has been recognized generally by medical and by the Consultative Group on Coca Leaf Problems, which met in Lima, Peru, in 1962 and 1964, that coca-leaf chewing is a noxious habit and that the coca bush should be gradually replaced by non-noxious crops,

Recognizing that the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, requires in any case that the habit of chewing the coca leaf be abolished within twenty-five years,

Noting that the causes of coca-leaf chewing are manifold, embracing social as much as economic, educational, nutritional, and health factors and that, in spite of its efforts, Peru lacks adequate resources to solve this problem unaided,

Having been informed by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs that the Consultative Group on Coca Leaf Problems reviewed, in December 1964, the progress made by the countries concerned with regard to coca leaf questions in all their aspects and recommended, inter alia, that all possible international assistance, particularly from the United Nations and its specialized agencies, should be made available in order to implement an integrated programme of action,

1. Notes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Peru to further regional co-operation by again acting as host to the Consultative Group on Coca Leaf Problems;

2. Notes with deep satisfaction the extensive administrative and educational efforts made by Peru to restrict the production and chewing of coca leaf and its illegal utilization for the manufacture of cocaine, and gradually to replace coca bush cultivation by other viable agricultural and industrial activities;

3. Invites the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Heads of the specialized agencies whose terms of reference permit their doing so, to give sympathetic consideration, to the extent that financial resources permit, to such requests for technical and financial assistance as they may receive from Member States of the United Nations for the purpose of combating the habit of chewing coca leaf and for the replacement of the coca bush.

1416th plenary meeting,
4 March 1966.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 2 (XX) (E/4140-E/CN.7/488, para. 301 and chap. XII draft resolution B7, with minor amendments.