Focusing on importance of audit institutions for post-2015 agenda

The 23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium will be held in Vienna, Austria from 2 to 4 March. The participants of the Symposium will deliberate on the topic “UN Post-2015 Development Agenda: the Role of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development”.

This topic reflects a growing recognition of the necessity of involving SAIs in the national implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. Given their independence, professionalism and reliability, SAIs are uniquely positioned to serve the public by promoting effective public governance, increasing the efficiency of public administration, improving development outcomes and promoting trust in government. In terms of national implementation, SAIs have a very important oversight role to play.

The overarching goal of the Symposium is to strengthen the oversight capacities of the SAIs — particularly focusing on audits in the context of sustainable development and engaging with key stakeholders while maintaining independence.

UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Wu Hongbo, will make an opening statement on the current status of intergovernmental deliberations on UN post-2015 development agenda. Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, Ms. Carman Lapointe, is due to make a statement on what lessons learned and advice SAIs can share from reviewing the implementation of the MDGs for the SDGs. The President of ECOSOC and the Permanent Representative of Austria, Mr. Martin Sajdik, will also address the opening.

In addition, the Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, Ms. Margaret Saner, will focus her presentation on the expectations of SAIs by the international public administration community. An audit and citizen engagement expert, Mr. Amitabh Mukhopadhyay, will also address the expectations of citizens in SAIs. The Chair of the United Nations Internal Audit Advisory Committee, Mr. Christopher Mihm, from the US Government Accountability Office will also be in attendance.

From INTOSAI, the Secretary-General, Mr. Josef Moser, who is also the President of the Austrian Court of Audit will make opening remarks. He will be joined by the Deputy Auditor General of China and the representative of the INTOSAI Chair, Mr. Zhang Tong.

The Symposium will be a good occasion to highlight the recent GA resolution A/RES/69/228, which acknowledges the important role of supreme audit institutions in promoting the efficiency, accountability, effectiveness and transparency of public administration. The resolution “encourages Member States to give due consideration to the independence and capacity building of SAIs, as well as to the improvement of public accounting systems in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.” It follows the previous GA resolution 66/209 on the same theme.

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International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)