Economic and Social Council


1520th Plenary Meeting
23 May 1968

1968/1292(XLIV).Replacement of cannabis cultivation in Lebanon*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Considering that the problem of cannabis cultivation in Lebanon has engaged the attention of the competent international organs for several years,

Recognizing that if the Government of Lebanon succeeds in eradicating such cultivation, this will have a significant beneficial effect in fighting the illicit traffic in cannabis and cannabis resin in the region,

Having been informed of the project of the Government of Lebanon to introduce the subsidized cultivation of sunflower seeds and other crops as a substitute for cannabis cultivation,

1. Congratulates the Government of Lebanon on this promising and salutary initiative;

2. Expresses the hope that Lebanon will succeed in implementing the project to suppress cannabis cultivation;

3. Urges the Government of Lebanon to continue giving due priority to this project;

4. Recommends that the Government's effort should be supported by all possible technical assistance within the resources and criteria of the United Nations programmes of technical assistance and those of the specialized agencies, in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to maintain close liaison with the Government of Lebanon on the development of its effort and to report thereupon periodically to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and to the Council, for such time as is necessary.

1520th plenary meeting,
23 May 1968.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 4(XXII) (E/4455-E/CN.7/512, para. 299 and chap. X draft resolution D), with minor amendments.