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INTOSAI Side Event and "SAI Leadership and Stakeholder Meeting" in New York

On 18 July 2018, the INTOSAI General Secretariat, in cooperation with the United Nations (UN) and the Permanent Representations of Austria and Canada to the UN, organized a side event in the framework of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The roundtable discussion hosted by the Permanent Representation of Austria saw the participation of the Secretary General of INTOSAI, Margit Kraker, high-ranking representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), the UN, governments (ambassadors) and representatives of the civil society and national parliaments. The event focused on the results achieved in the framework of auditing the preparedness of national governments to implement the Sustainable Government Goals (SDGs). The stimulating discussions provided vital insights into the various approaches of SAIs in auditing the implementation of the SDGs.

Furthermore, the Secretary General of INTOSAI opened the "SAI Leadership and Stakeholder Meeting" on "Contributions of Supreme Audit Institutions", which was jointly organized by the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) and the UN from 19 to 20 July. This event aimed at the exchange of knowledge and experiences of SAIs from all INTOSAI regions against the backdrop of the "Auditing the SDGs" programme of IDI and the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee. The "Auditing the SDGs" programme supports more than 70 SAIs around the world in carrying out SDG-related performance audits. In concrete terms, the participating SAIs that had already carried out SDG audits presented their experiences. Furthermore, different approaches were taken into account in this regard, such as policy coherence and inclusion, possibilities of building capacities for SAIs with regard to the conduct of SDG audits, or the expectations of different stakeholders towards SAIs in this regard.

During her stay in New York, the Secretary General of INTOSAI also met with the UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin. The meeting was shaped by an interesting exchange on the further deepening of the already existing good relations between the UN and INTOSAI. On this occasion, the counterparts deliberated on the upcoming High-level Political Forum in 2019, which is to be devoted to the SDG 16, whose Target 16.6 ("Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.") is of particular importance to SAIs.

23 July 2018


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