The "Network for Drug Monitoring of the member states of the Union of South American Nations" project was approved of on July 22 of 2014, by the South American Council on the World Drug Problem (CSPMD). It seeks to stimulate the Drug Monitoring Network and will prepare the: "Current situation of drug use and characterization of new illicit drug deals in the Member States of UNASUR" report.
It also aims at creating a web site that will have information on the issue, as well as organizing two face-to-face workshops which will deal with the Monitoring Network. The project hopes to complete the network and extend it to its Member States, such as Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Paraguay.
The South American Council on the World Drug Problem agreed on the terms of a common document at its meeting on August 31 in Montevideo. Its position on the matter will be filed on behalf of UNASUR in the framework of the Special Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations - Drugs 2016. This will be a scenario where a number of historical claims that South American States have regarding the fight against drugs can be presented at an international multilateral forum.
The many and significant developments of this project are as follows: the principle of common and shared responsibility; the comprehensive, balanced, multidisciplinary, sustainable and integral approach; the cross-cutting approach of human rights in order to promote the abolition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes; the proportionality of punishment; the social crop substitution with the States approval, based on local legislation and mechanisms to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.