Economic and Social Council


1816th Plenary Meeting
1 June 1972

1972/1662(LII).Report of the International Narcotics Control Board


The Economic and Social Council,

Having considered the report of the International Narcotics Control Board on its work in 1971,8/

Noting with serious concern the Board's assessment that the drug abuse problem is intensely grave, in many countries, rapidly expanding, and amounts to a "virtual epidemic",

Endorsing the Board's view that the problem can only be resolved through close co-operation between States and by means of the consistent carrying out by Governments of national measures in that area,

1. Notes with satisfaction the mounting international concern with the problem of drug abuse which was manifested during the past year;

2. Urges Governments to continue to co-operate to the maximum extent possible with one another, utilizing bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral approaches with a view to eliminating illicit production, consumption and traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;

3. Calls upon States to co-operate to the maximum extent possible with the International Narcotics Control Board in taking the remedial action recommended in the report;

4. Supports the appeal of the Board to States to improve their administrative machinery so that they may provide full and prompt information to the Board, thereby enabling it to perform effectively its functions under the relevant treaties.

1816th plenary meeting,
1 June 1972

8/ E/INCB/13 (United Nations publication, Sales No.: E.72.XI.2).