Economic and Social Council


1858th Plenary Meeting
18 May 1973

1973/1777(LIV).Co-ordination of activities of international organs and organizations in the struggle against the abuse of drugs*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 3014(XXVII) of 18 December 1972,

Considering that, as a result, in particular of the efforts of the United Nations, Governments and public opinion are now generally interested in the struggle against the abuse of drugs,

Considering that this social scourge is nevertheless continuing to grow and spread to a large number of countries,

Considering that action by Governments and international organs and organizations must be taken simultaneously on all fronts: prevention of abuse, repression of illicit traffic, control of production, manufacture, distribution and consumption, development of training and education, scientific research, treatment and rehabilitation,

Considering that such multidisciplinary action calls for a better co-ordination of all efforts in order to avoid duplication, wastage and overlapping that might impair the effectiveness of the struggle against this social scourge,

Considering that it has not proved possible to achieve this co-ordination adequately during the past two years, as demonstrated by the increasing number of international meetings held on the subject, sometimes on the same dates,

Having regard to the urgent need to improve the co-ordination of the measures taken on this subject, so that the knowledge and experience gained can be widely disseminated and utilized in the best interests of all,

Requests the Secretary-General to study the problem of co-ordination and attempt to solve it in the light of the considerations set out above and the views expressed at the twenty-fifth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and at the fifty-fourth session of the Economic and Social Council, and to report on the subject.

1858th plenary meeting,
18 May 1973

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 11(XXV) (E/5248-E/CN.7/555, para. 599 and chap. XII draft resolution F), with minor amendments.