Within the framework of the Third Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Countries’ Forum on Sustainable Development, held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago from April 22 to 26, 2019, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile, in conjunction with the Latin American and the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS), and with the financial support of the German Cooperation GIZ and the Chilean Agency for International Development Cooperation (AGCID), organized the side event “Role of Supreme Audit Institutions in the implementation of SDGs” to share the value and benefit of SAIs in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The objective of the session was to disseminate, among the internal and external stakeholders of OLACEFS, the progress that the SAIs of the region have been developing in terms of supporting national governments in the process of implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in each of the member countries, taking into account the 4 action approaches through which SAIs can significantly contribute to the implementation of the Goals:
- Evaluate the promptness of national systems to report on the progress made in attaining the SDGs and, subsequently, to audit their functioning and reliability of the data they produce;
- Carry out performance audits that examine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government programs that contribute to specific aspects of the SDGs;
- Evaluate and support the implementation of SDG 16, which deals, in part, with transparent, efficient and responsible institutions;
- Be models of transparency and accountability in their own activities, including audits and reports.
The event was attended by Jorge Bermúdez, Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile and Executive Secretary of OLACEFS, who fulfilled the role of moderator of the meeting; Nelson Shack Yalta, Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru and President of OLACEFS; María Graciela de la Rosa, General Auditor’s Office of the Nation of Argentina and Executive Secretary of EFSUR; Henry Ara Pérez, Comptroller General of the Plurinational State of Bolivia; and Carlos Lustosa, Director of External Control of Agriculture and Environment of the Court of Accounts of the Union of Brazil.
The main issues addressed in the meeting were: the UN resolutions through which it recognizes the role of SAIs in strengthening efficiency; accountability and transparency in public management; the four INTOSAI approaches on the role of SAIs in achieving the SDGs; the main ones as a result of OLACEFS in terms of SDG, such as coordinated audits; the MOOCs that are being developed and a series of virtual courses. Additionally, some initiatives that the SAIs of Argentina and Peru have been developing with respect to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in their countries were exemplified.
The presentation of the coordinated audit on SDGs that was executed by the SAIs of OLACEFS in 2016 played an important part in the meeting. The main goal of this audit was to determine the degree of preparedness of governments to implement the 2030 Agenda and to establish the existence of governance mechanisms necessary for their correct implementation.
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