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INTOSAI Secretary General calls for independence of and capacity building for Supreme Audit Institutions and the improvement of the public accounting system to be included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the occasion of the most recent ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (7 and 8 July 2014) and the Development Cooperation Forum (10 and 11 July 2014) at the United Nations Headquarters, the Secretary General of INTOSAI, Mr. Josef Moser, held two presentations, which attained significant attention and in which he once again called for independence of and capacity building for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) as well as an improved public accounting system to be included as essential elements of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

By contributing to the implementation of the decisions made at INCOSAI XXI held in Beijing, the Secretary General is actively involved in the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and represents the interests of INTOSAI at the UN level.

His call to seize the opportunity provided by the current negotiations on the elaboration of the future Sustainable Development Goals to strengthen SAIs and improve the public accounting system has sparked broad interest. Numerous representatives expressly endorsed his call for independence and capacity building and the improvement of the accounting system.

In their concluding and summarising remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo and ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik, in particular, emphasised the necessity of improving the accountability mechanisms and the related need for capacity building. Future activities with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals would focus on the requirements of a reliable, comparable and independent evaluation of their implementation.

The discussions and concluding comments of UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo and ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik prove that the position of INTOSAI is being effectively included in the elaboration process of the Sustainable Development Goals and that it will also influence further discussions on accountability systems.

At the same time, the negotiations resulted in the fact that ECOSOC placed special emphasis on the role of SAIs and their capacity building in its resolution and called upon the member states to give due consideration to the issue of independence of SAIs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This constituted a further important step towards strengthening SAIs in the framework of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.

14 July 2014


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