Economic and Social Council


1858th Plenary Meeting
18 May 1973

1973/1778(LIV).Periodicity of sessions of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Noting with concern the gravity of the drug problem in all its numerous manifestations,

Bearing in mind the obligations imposed on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the International Narcotics Control Board by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961,74/

Bearing in mind also that biennial sessions do not permit the Commission to fulfil certain of its responsibilities,

Bearing in mind also the urgent matters referred to under the heading "Programme of work and priorities in the report of the Commission on its twenty-fifth session,75/

Recalling its resolution 1156(XLI) of 5 August 1966 concerning the review and reappraisal of the Council's role and functions, by which it decided that the functional commissions should meet biennially,

1. Decides that pending further study by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the question of holding its regular sessions annually with a view to carrying out its functions and fulfilling its responsibilities more effectively, the Commission shall hold a special session in 1974, if possible after February, in addition to its session scheduled for 1975;

2. Recommends that the special session be convened at Geneva at a time when it will not overlap with other meetings, in order to minimize its costs.**/

1858th plenary meeting,
18 May 1973

74/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 520, p. 151.

75/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Fifty-fourth Session, Supplement No. 3 (E/5248), chap. X.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 12(XXV) (E/5248-E/CN.7/555, para. 607 and chap. XII draft resolution G), with minor amendments.

**/ This provision was not recommended by the Commission.