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Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Clear Commitment to Strengthening Supreme Audit Institutions

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015, brought a clear commitment to strengthening SAIs. The joint efforts of the INTOSAI General Secretariat and the  Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs were rewarded with success: the outcome document of the United Nations conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, states in paragraph 30: "We will strengthen national control mechanisms, such as supreme audit institutions, along with other independent oversight institutions, as appropriate. We will increase transparency and equal participation in the budgeting process, and promote gender responsive budgeting and tracking [...]".

In his presentation on "Risk and Resilience: Financing for development in a volatile and uncertain world", Secretary General Moser highlighted the fact that SAIs can make an essential contribution to transparency and accountability, provided that they are strong and independent. According to the Secretary General, the independence of SAIs, capacity building and the improvement of public accounting systems provide therefore the foundation for successful financing for development.

The importance of SAIs is also underlined by the current draft of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contained in the United Nations Post-2015 Agenda, which outline the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The possible contribution of SAIs was also on the agenda of the ECOSOC High Level Political Forum, which took place from 3 to 11 July 2015. As reported, the SDGs are the successor goals to the Millennium Development Goals and are to be adopted in autumn this year.

Link: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/

Outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Draft resolution)

23 July 2015


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