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23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium in Vienna in March 2015

The 23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium was held in the Vienna International Centre from March 2 – 4, 2015, in close cooperation between the INTOSAI General Secretariat and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). The theme of the symposium was "UN Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Role of SAIs and Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development". The symposium aimed at specifying the position of SAIs with regard to sustainable development as the core theme of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda by involving the different partners, and at including this position in the further process of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

To this end, the participants discussed the following topics intensively:

  • What specific expectations do different stakeholders, such as Parliaments, citizens, governments, development aid organisations and, in particular, also the United Nations, have towards SAIs with regard to sustainable development?
  • What kind of prerequisites must SAIs have in order to participate effectively in safeguarding sustainable development? And:
  • Which concrete possibilities and what kind of first-hand experiences do SAIs have regarding the effective participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

The function of the technical chair was excellently carried out by the SAI of South Africa. Among the more than 150 participants were 50 heads of SAIs from more than 70 different countries as well as delegates of international institutions (UN DESA, UN OIOS, ECOSOC, UN CEPA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the World Bank, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the German Society for International Cooperation). The Symposium was opened by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Mr Heinz Fischer, and was attended by high-ranking representatives, i.a. Mr Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Ms Carman L. Lapointe, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, ECOSOC President, H.E. Mr Michael Linhart, Secretary General of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Ms Jennifer Thomson, Chief Financial Management Officer of the World Bank.

The concluding highlight of the symposium was the adoption of the conclusions and recommendations by the participants on the last day. These conclusions present a guideline with regard to the expectations, prerequisites and possibilities for the work of SAIs to safeguard sustainable development and constitute therefore a valuable basis for the future contributions of SAIs in the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Final conclusions

Summary of key points

Group photo

10 March 2015

 

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