Economic and Social Council


1727th Plenary Meeting
11 November 1970

1559(XLIX).Concerted United Nations action against drug abuse and establishment of a United Nations fund for drug abuse control


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling its resolution 1532(XLIX) of 24 July 1970 by which the Council convened a special session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to consider short-term and long-term policy recommendations for integrated international action against drug abuse,

Having considered the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its second special session,7/ and the resolution contained therein8/ calling for (a) immediate action to expand research and information facilities of United Nations drug-control bodies, to plan and implement programmes of technical assistance in the establishment and improvement of national drug-control administrations and enforcement machinery and the training of needed personnel, and to enlarge the capabilities and extend the operations of United Nations drug-control bodies and their secretariats; (b) the establishment of a United Nations fund for drug-abuse control; and (c) the elaboration by the Secretary-General of a plan for long-term action against drug abuse involving the entire United Nations system of organizations as appropriate,

1. Recognizes the need for immediate action on an urgent basis as well as for the establishment of a plan for concerted long-term action by the United Nations family of organizations to deal with the problem of the abuse of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances simultaneously at its three critical points: supply, demand and illicit traffic;

2. Endorses the resolution of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs as a basis for achieving these ends;

3. Requests the Secretary-General, in keeping with the recommendation of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, to establish, as an initial measure and as a matter of urgency, a United Nations fund for drug-abuse control to be made up from voluntary contributions, such fund to be initially used for the purposes which were approved by the Commission and administered by the Secretary-General pending the development and consideration by the Council of the proposed long-term plan of action, including permanent arrangements for administration and financing;

4. Invites the appropriate United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and other competent international organizations, with such assistance is may be appropriate from the United Nations fund for drug-abuse control, to co-operate fully in the planning and execution of short-term and long-term measures and programmes pertinent to the drug-abuse problem in all its aspects;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Economic and Social Council at its fifty-second session through the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on the implementation of the present resolution;

6. Transmits the present resolution, together with the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its second special session, to the General Assembly at its twenty-fifth session for any further action it may deem appropriate.

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7/ Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Forty-ninth Session, Supplement No. 12 (E/4931).

8/ Ibid., chap. V. [See CND Res. 1(S-II)]