Union of South American Nations
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) is an international and intergovernmental organization, like the United Nations. It is based in Quito, Ecuador and was formed in May of 2008. Traditionally, Western Nations were integrated as part of the Mercosur trade bloc which excluded many of the Andean community. When UNASUR was created, both the Andean community and Mercosur were integrated. UNASUR is often looked at as an integrated South American community that rejects overt US influence.
The Organization of American States may be considered a similar international body, but critics distrust the influence the United States wields in the OAE. UNASUR was first conceived in 2004 at the South American Summit as the South American Community of Nations, defined in the Cuzco Declaration. As of March 2018, the body had 12 members: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela. Mexico and Panama are also consistent observer states; this KnightMUN committee will recognize them as official members in addition to other Member States.
This committee will focus on the issue of cocaine production in the Andean States. Delegates are expected to handle this topic maturely and the subsequent subtopics of poverty, gang formation, and insurgency groups. With the nature of this topic, delegates will be addressing mature themes and this should be taken into consideration when appointing delegates to this committee.