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Enhanced Partnership between SAIs and the United Nations for Safeguarding Sustainable Development

On 28 May 2013, the Secretary General of INTOSAI, Mr Josef Moser, participated as keynote speaker in the High-Level Panel Discussion on Safeguarding Financing for Sustainable Development, which was organized by UNDESA and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations (UN) in New York. On this occasion he presented, in particular, the prerequisites for and possible contributions by SAIs to sustainable development.

The high-level panel discussion, which was attended by UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo, was led by Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, and centred on the role of SAIs with regard to sustainable development.

More than 100 participants from almost 60 UN Member States and numerous UN agencies demonstrated the growing and strong interest in the work of SAIs and of INTOSAI in the context of sustainable development.

In his contribution, the Secretary General underlined the necessity of strengthening transparency and accountability by SAIs as the prerequisite for sustainable development, especially regarding government finances. To this end, the UN General Assembly Resolution on strengthening the independence of SAIs, in particular, should be implemented at the national level. At the UN level, INTOSAI was willing to participate in the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

In his presentation, Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo also highlighted the importance of SAIs for good governance, which was a basic requirement for sustainable development. He called upon the UN Member States to strengthen the role of SAIs in the implementation of the sustainability goals in order to ensure that development funds were in good hands.

The discussion, which lasted more than 3 hours, showed that audit as a central element for the implementation of the sustainability goals at the UN level is gaining more recognition and that the goal of strengthening SAIs is actively and jointly pursued by INTOSAI and UNDESA.

3 June 2013


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