840.50 UNRRA/7–1544

The Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (Lehman) to the Secretary of State

Sir: I have the honor to place before you for the consideration of your Government two draft agreements which have been prepared by committees of the Council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation [Page 339] Administration21 as a first step toward carrying out the recommendation of the Council set forth in Paragraph 2 of Resolution No. 8 of its First Session.22 I enclose also the report of the Expert Commission on Quarantine,23 appointed by the European Technical Advisory Subcommittee on Health, with reference to the draft agreements, and a memorandum from the Secretary of the Council’s Standing Technical Committee on Health23 setting forth the various steps in the preparation of the enclosed draft agreements.

In view of the Council’s strong recommendation of prompt action by Governments on the subjects covered by the proposed agreements, as expressed in Resolution No. 8, I am bringing the draft agreements immediately to the attention of the member governments. I understand that it is the hope of the committees of the Council which participated in the drafting of these proposals that member governments may be in a position to become signatories of the agreements at the time of the Second Session or shortly thereafter.

Should your Government wish to raise any questions or to offer any suggestions regarding the phrasing of the drafts it will be most helpful if such questions or suggestions can reach me by the 26th of August so that they may be placed before the Standing Technical Committee on Health at its meeting a fortnight before the opening of the Second Session of the Council. In any event I shall appreciate it if you will inform me at the earliest possible date as to the action which your Government will be prepared to take concerning the proposed agreements.

Accept [etc.]

Herbert Lehman
  1. The draft agreements (not printed) were as follows: (1) International Sanitary Convention, modifying the International Sanitary Convention of June 21, 1926 (Department of State Treaty Series No. 762, or 45 Stat. (pt. 2) 2492); and (2) International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, modifying the International Convention for Aerial Navigation of April 12, 1933 (Treaty Series No. 901, or 49 Stat. (pt. 2) 3279).
  2. “Resolution Relating to Health and Medical Care”; see First Session of the Council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, p. 35.
  3. Not printed.
  4. Not printed.