The International Seminar on “Sustainable Development Goals and Oversight” held in Santiago, Chile, on December 14, 15 and 16, came to a successful conclusion. Its aim was twofold – to serve as a platform to disseminate the UN´s 2030 Agenda and to encourage discussion on the role external control should play in implementing the goals. In addition the seminar provided an opportunity to launch the OLACEFS Coordinated Audit on preparing governments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America.
The event was organized jointly by COMTEMA and by the SAI of Chile and was supported by GIZ, IDB, UNDP and the World Bank, along with technicians from the SAIs of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, who will participate in the coordinated audit.
Participating experts included Vilma Castillo, Auditor General of Argentina; Diana Marcos, Minister of the Court of Accounts of Uruguay; Anga Timilsina, Coordinator of the UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN); Chris Mihm, Director of Strategic Issues at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO); Svetlana Klimenko, Senior Financial Management Specialist for the World Bank (WB); Silvia Rucks, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and Representative of United Nations Development Program in Chile; Blucer Welington Rajagukguk, Comptroller General of Indonesia, Senior Advisor on Environmental Auditing and Sustainable Development and member of the INTOSAI Working Group on the Environment; Camilo Benitez, Comptroller General of the Republic of Paraguay and President of the OLACEFS Commission on Citizen Participation; Eve Crowley, Deputy Regional Representative of the Regional Office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Peter Kronstrøm, President of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies for Latin America.
The first day and a half of the seminar focused on common thematic areas with discussion on what the sustainable development goals are, what are their purpose and how the various States should orient their work in order to achieve them.
Later, participants were separated into two groups to discuss different topics. The first group discussed the challenges of meeting the SDGs, focusing on various sectoral issues (health, education, gender and public works), whilst the second group focused on the preparation of auditors from OLACEFS member SAIs who will be taking part in the coordinated audit to evaluate the readiness of national governments for meeting SDGs.
Given that the Seminar was linked to the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day, one of the subjects addressed was how corruption hinders efforts to achieve SDGs, undermining democracy and the rule of law, violating human rights, distorting markets and threatening human security. As such a strong call was made for governments, civil society, the media and the general public to participate in and address challenges to promote anti-corruption practices.
To access the presentations, videos and picture galleries for the event, please click on the following link: