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News 2014

UN Committee of Experts calls for strengthening the independence of Supreme Audit Institutions

The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) calls for strengthening the independence of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) as an element of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Prompted by the INTOSAI General Secretariat, the experts on public administration demanded the strengthening of SAI independence at their most recent meeting, which took place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 7 to 11 April 2014.

At the meeting, which was dedicated to "Transforming Public Administration for Sustainable Development", the General Secretariat held a keynote speech on strengthening national accountability by SAIs. In this speech, emphasis was placed once again on the fact that SAIs can accomplish their tasks objectively and effectively only if they are independent of the audited entities and are protected against outside influence – also and in particular in the spirit of sustainable development.

The experts fully recognised the need for SAI independence. In their final document – a draft resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – they demand to include the need for SAI independence and capacity building as essential elements in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

For the first time, an expert committee of the United Nations defined the independence of SAIs as a necessary element for the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs (the follow-up goals to the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs), which are to be adopted in 2015.

 15 April 2014

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