A Guide to International Drugs Conventions

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Author(s):
S. K. Chatterjee
01 Jan 1988
Pages:
178
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9781848594395 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/9781848594395-en

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Explanatory materials for the preparation of legislation in the implementation of the major international drugs conventions.
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  • Preface

    Concern at the rising tide of drug abuse and trafficking in illicit drugs has been manifest in many Commonwealth gatherings in recent times. In developing their collective response to these challenges, Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Vancouver in October 1987 requested the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide assistance in several areas of need, among them the implementation of relevant international conventions.

  • Introduction

    At their meeting in Nassau in 1985 the Commonwealth Heads of Governments expressed their deep concern at the rising incidents of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking which was seriously threatening the social fabric and security of many countries. They agreed to promote co-operation between all Commonwealth countries. To this end, they invited the Commonwealth Law Ministers to explore measures to counter this trend and in particular supported the work of the relevant international agencies.

  • An Overview of The Conventions and Agreements Concluded During The League of Nations Period

    Recently, the thirty-third World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on “Action in respect of International Co-operation on Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances”, and it affirmed that drug abuse was still rampant in many parts of the world. More recently, through its programme of ‘Health for All by the Year 2000’ the World Health Organisation requested its Member States to give serious consideration to the question of drug abuse and develop their national strategies. In its resolution WHA.33.27, the World Health Assembly requested the Director-General of the World Health Organisation “to promote the initiation and strengthening of national and international programmes for the assessment, scheduling, control and appropriate use of narcotic and psychotropic substances, including those of plant origin, and to support such programmes by the development of appropriate guidelines in consultation with the U.N. Division of Narcotic Drugs, International Narcotics Control Board and other U.N. Organs concerned.”

  • An Overview of The International Drug Conventions

    International drug control system came into operation even prior to the days of the League of Nations.

  • The Organisational Structure and Method of International Drug Control through The United Nations

    Perhaps the scourges of the two world wars prompted the drafters of the U.N. Charter to far exceed the ambitions of the League of Nations. The U.N. envisaged a more concrete and positive programme of drug control than that of the League. Various organs of the U.N. have been entrusted with the task of eradicating drug problems.

  • Introduction – The Principal U.N, Organs Involved in International Drug Control

    The principal U.N. organs and agencies involved in the International drug control.

  • A National Drug Policy

    In formulating a national drug policy, consideration should be given to a host of factors. The priorities that may have to be ascribed to certain factors over others should be determined in the light of the availability of resources and the ability to enforce such a policy. However, it is believed that the two recent Conventions, the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971 provide a basic guideline as to how a national drug policy may have to be formed.

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