Eleven countries of South America met on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 of July at the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations UNASUR (acronym in its Spanish) with the goal of consolidating the initial steps to be taken in the South American Citizenship project which will serve to unite four hundred and thirteen million people of the region.
Among the main issues covered in the aforementioned project of the General Secretariat, which goal is to provide free mobility to its citizens, is the Platform of Assistance to the South American Citizen PACSUR (acronym in its Spanish). This platform is a digital tool which provides assistance, protection and consular cooperation and will permit all South Americans to become familiar with their rights of mobility and will provide information such as: requirements for travel and for residing in others Member States of UNASUR; the location of and the services provided by nearby consular offices; and, among other services, it will provide the statistics and maps on intra-regional migration.
In addition, progress was also made in the presentation of draft resolutions which aim at reducing certain requirements such as medical certificates, certificates of employment and the cost involved in obtaining the residence of any particular country.
Furthermore, during the event the proposing of the signing of a Draft Resolution which will recognize national identification documents was discussed. This will make it possible for all South American citizens to travel to any Member State of UNASUR by presenting their national identification document.
During the meeting the delegations also discussed the possibility of proposing actions for the creation of mechanisms that will allow for South American citizens who migrate to countries outside of the region where there is no diplomatic or consular representation of their native country, and thus cannot be assisted in a timely manner, might qualify for diplomatic and / or consular protection and assistance by any other Member State of UNASUR.
In this context, and with the aim of strengthening the South American identity and sense of belonging, it was agreed upon that the use of the flag and other symbols of UNASUR by the Diplomatic and Consular Representations of the Member States of the Union would be promote.
Among other issues, topics such as progress in technological modernization and on the human rights perspective were discussed at length.
The desire of UNASUR is to build free mobility in South America based on identity, integration and free access to rights.