President Dilma Rousseff will attend the VII Meeting of the Council of Heads of State and Government of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Paramaribo, Suriname, on August 30. At the end of the Summit, Peru will hand over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the organization to Suriname.
Created in 2008, UNASUR aims to build, in a participatory and consensual manner, a space for cultural, social, economic and political articulation among the twelve countries of South America. The organization currently has twelve Ministerial Councils focused on coordination and cooperation in strategic areas for regional integration, such as infrastructure and planning, defense, health, drugs, citizen security and justice, education, culture, science and technology, energy, social development, and economics and finance.
Trade volume between Brazil and the countries of UNASUR has more than quadrupled in the last decade, from US$ 15 billion in 2002 to US$ 71 billion in 2012.