FINAL ACT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE TO
CONSIDER AMENDMENTS TO THE SINGLE CONVENTION
ON NARCOTIC DRUGS, 1961

1. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, noting that amendments had been proposed to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, and bearing in mind article 47 of that Convention, decided by its resolution 1577 (L) of 21 May 1971 to call, in accordance with Article 62, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations a conference of plenipotentiaries to consider all amendments proposed to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.

2. The United Nations Conference to consider amendments to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, met at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 6 to 24 March 1972.

3. The following 97 States were represented by representatives at the Conference:

Afghanistan Haiti Nigeria
Algeria Holy See Norway
Argentina Hungary Pakistan
Australia India Panama
Austria Indonesia Peru
Belgium Iran Philippines
Bolivia Iraq Poland
Brazil Ireland Portugal
Bulgaria Israel Republic of Korea
Burma Italy Republic of Viet-Nam
Burundi Ivory Coast Saudi Arabia
Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic Jamaica Senegal
Canada Japan Sierra Leone
Ceylon Jordan Singapore
Chile Kenya South Africa
Colombia Khmer Republic Spain
Costa Rica Kuwait Sudan
Cuba Laos Sweden
Cyprus Lebanon Switzerland
Czechoslovakia Liberia Thailand
Dahomey Libyan Arab Republic Togo
Denmark Liechtenstein Tunisia
Ecuador Luxembourg Turkey
Egypt Madagascar  Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
El Salvador Malawi  Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Federal Republic of Germany Mexico  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Finland Monaco United States of America
France Mongolian People's Republic Uruguay
Gabon Morocco Venezuela
Gambia Netherlands Yugoslavia
Ghana New Zealand  Zare
Greece Nicaragua
Guatemala Niger 

4. The following States were represented by observers at the Conference:

Cameroon Malaysia Romania
Dominican Republic Malta

5. The Economic and Social Council, by its resolution 1577 (L), requested the Secretary-General to invite to the Conference the World Health Organization and other interested specialized agencies, the International Narcotics Control Board and the International Criminal Police Organization. The World Health Organization, the International Narcotics Control Board and the International Criminal Police Organization were represented at the Conference.

6. The Conference elected Mr. K. B. Asante (Ghana) as President of the Conference, Mr. D. Nikoli (Yugoslavia) as First Vice-President, and as the other Vice-Presidents the representatives of the following States:

Argentina Lebanon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Egypt Mexico United States of America
France  Turkey
India Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

7. Mr. V. Winspeare-Guicciardi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, was the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Executive Secretary of the Conference was Dr. V. Kuševi, the Legal Adviser of the Conference was Mr. G. Wattles and the Deputy Executive Secretary and Deputy Legal Adviser was Mr. P. Raton.

8. The Conference had before it the amendments to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, which were proposed by States participating in the Conference.

9. The Conference set up the following committees:

General Committee

Chairman: The President of the Conference

Committee I

Chairman: Dr. R. A. Chapman (Canada)

Committee II

Chairman: Dr. Bla Blcs (Hungary)

Drafting Committee

Chairman: Mr. J-P, Bertschinger (Switzerland)

Credentials Committee

Chairman: Mr. J. W. Lennon (Ireland)

10. Committee 1 established a working group on article 14, the Chairman of which was Mr. A. C. Kirca (Turkey).

11. As a result of its deliberations, as recorded in the summary records of the Plenary and Committees 1 and 11, the Conference adopted and opened for signature the Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 196 1. In addition, the Conference adopted three resolutions annexed to this Final Act.

DONE at Geneva, this twenty-fifth day of March, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-two, in a single copy in the English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each text being equally authentic. The original text shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the representatives have signed this Final Act.

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