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INTOSAI Secretary General Josef Moser meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

INTOSAI and the United Nations join forces to strengthen transparency and accountability to safeguard sustainable development

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met INTOSAI Secretary General Josef Moser for talks on 14 October 2013. On this occasion they agreed on intensifying cooperation to strengthen transparency and accountability.

The talks were held against the backdrop of the current UN efforts on the "Post-2015 Development Agenda", the follow-up targets of the Millennium Developments Goals, which are to be adopted at the UN level in 2015.

It is the central goal of both the UN and INTOSAI to safeguard the sustainable development of public finances. The Secretary General of INTOSAI highlighted the fact that transparency and accountability are central prerequisites for the sustainable development of public finances. Supreme Audit Institutions can make a significant contribution to this cause as they point to undesirable developments, safeguard accountability of decision-makers and make specific proposals for improvements by way of their recommendations.

To this end, it is essential that the principles of independence as laid down in the Lima and Mexico Declarations are implemented at the national level, as stipulated also in the UN General Assembly Resolution A/66/209.

The Secretary General of INTOSAI underlined the fact that it is therefore both in the interest of the United Nations and INTOSAI to anchor the implementation of the principles of SAI independence in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. With regard to this, he offered to intensify the cooperation with the United Nations.

The UN Secretary-General thanked the Secretary General of INTOSAI for the work that is being accomplished by the organisation and that he fully supports. He placed emphasis on the numerous measures that have been undertaken in order to ensure transparency and strengthen accountability, as only this could safeguard good governance.

In this spirit, he accepted with great pleasure the offer of the INTOSAI Secretary General to strengthen cooperation, particularly with regard to safeguarding sustainable development.

Upon invitation of the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations and the acting Vice-President of ECOSOC, Martin Sajdik, the Secretary General of INTOSAI also presented this position at a working lunch on the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda with further key players. Also on this occasion, the participants indicated their broad support to include the prerequisites for the work of SAIs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda in order to enhance transparency of public administration, to strengthen accountability and to safeguard the sustainable development of public finances.

 15 October 2013

 

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