On September 11, the Comptroller’s Office of Bogotá, a sub-national control entity of the Republic of Colombia, commemorated the 90th anniversary of its foundation. This anniversary was an opportunity to confirm its commitment to follow up on the implementation of the SDGs in Bogotá by organizing the International Forum on Stakes and Challenges of Sustainable Development Objectives in the Capital District with regard to fiscal control.

The event was attended by delegates from institutions such as the UN, OLACEFS, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile and Colombia, National and District Planning and Global Compact, as well as representatives of the Student Comptrollers and the academy.

The control of the SDG implementation management is new and the Comptroller’s Office of Bogotá seeks to constitute a leading entity in assuming this challenge. Comptroller Juan Carlos Granados considered it valuable to share successful experiences from other countries and integrate them with local advances, bringing the international context into the internal sphere and identifying tasks to be undertaken.

More than 450 people from civil society, public officials (auditors and fiscal managers of the Capital District) and academia attended the Forum, a scenario that deepened the correlation between fiscal control and the SDGs to specify the differences between traditional control (subsequent and selective) and control facing the incorporation of the 2030 Agenda, where the contribution of a supervisory body should lead to recommending and strengthening the task.

The commitment to more sustainable cities for future generations was one of the main aspects expressed by the Student Comptrollers, aged 13 and 17, who motivated stakeholders to continue advancing in this purpose.

Regarding challenges, the following was concluded:

  • To resize the role of supervisory control facing the 2030 Agenda.
  • To emphasize the permanent commitment of the control entities against the scope of the SDG objectives, without waiting for more time to pass.
  • To implement an effective measurement system, on the part of the District Administration, in order to have an adequate budgetary allocation, strengthen alliances and involve the private sector.
  • Greater effectiveness in practice, rather than advancing on paper.
  • The SDGs must be a State policy and not a government policy.

The Comptroller’s Office of Bogotá will continue in its purpose of leading the control over the implementation of the SDGs in the Capital of Colombia.