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22nd UN/INTOSAI Symposium in Vienna in March 2013

The 22nd UN/INTOSAI Symposium was held in the Vienna International Centre from March 5 – 7, 2013, in close cooperation of the INTOSAI General Secretariat with the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). The theme was  "Audit and Advisory by SAIs: Risks and Opportunities, as well as Possibilities for Engaging Citizens".

The symposium dealt with the following subthemes in detail:

  • Subtheme 1: Audit and Advisory by SAIs: Requirements and Opportunities for Government Auditing, chaired by the SAI of China;
  • Subtheme 2: Risks and Opportunities of Audit and Advisory by SAIs, chaired by the SAI of South Africa;
  • Subtheme 3: Effectiveness and Transparency of Audit and Advisory through the Participation of Citizens, chaired by UN DESA.

The function of the technical chair was brilliantly carried out by the SAI of India. There were more than 150 participants and among them more than 40 heads of SAIs from more than 60 different countries, representatives from international organizations (UN-DESA, UNODC, UNEP, OECD, GIZ). This time the Symposium could count with highest ranking representatives from the United Nations, Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as well as the speaker of the Austrian Parliament, Ms. Barbara Prammer and the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Reinhold Lopatka honoured the Symposium with their presence.

On the last day of the Symposium the participants approved high level conclusions and recommendations taking up and resuming the main points, expertise and ideas of the participants and lecturers.

March 7, 2013

 

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