These talks are preceded by the United Nations General Assembly’s Resolution A/69/228 on the promotion and encouragement of efficiency, accountability and transparency of the Public Administration through strengthening Supreme Audit Institutions. The resolution welcomes the cooperation between the International Organisation of Supreme Audit (INTOSAI) and the United Nations (UN) and highlights the contribution of SAIs to efficient, responsible, effective and transparent public administration.
In effect, SAIs fundamentally support compliance with the global development strategy and, in particular, the Sustainable Developmen Goals by guaranteeing due transparency and accountability through its control functions.
In this context, throughout 2015 and in particular in the final phase of preparations for the approval of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the General Secretariat of INTOSAI has worked intensely to spotlight, within the framework of the United Nations, the important role that can be performed by SAIs in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals as well as highlighting the importance of the independence and capacity building of SAIs and the improvement of public accounting systems. It might be noted that these efforts are not only central and relevant for the future approval of the aforementioned agenda, but also for the preparations of the XXII INCOSAI in 2016 (where one of the central themes will be “How can INTOSAI contribute to the Post 2015 Development Agenda – including good governance – to strengthen the fight against corruption?).
In this spirit the INTOSAI General Secretariat announces to the OLACEFS community that it participated in the 14th meeting of the Comittee of Experts in Public Administration of the Economic and Social Board that approved Resolution E/RES/2015/28 of July 22, 2015, where the prominent role of SAIs as bodies to support compliance with the Post 2015 Development Agenda was recognised and the necessity for an improvement in public accounting systems was underlined.
Additionally, the General Secretariat took the opportunity at the ECOSOC HIgh Level Political Forum held in New York, USA, in July 2015, to underline once again the valuable contribution made by SAIs to ensure the transparency and acountability of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and to underline the importance of Independence, capacity building and improving public accounting systems, essential elements for SAIs to carry out their work. The chairman of the ECOSOC, Ambassador Oh Joon, made assurances that he would continue to support the interests of INTOSAI.
Additionally, in the framework of the Third International on Financing Development , held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 13 -16, 2015, the INTOSAI Secretariat spoke in detail on the importance of the independence of SAIs to guarantee effective and successful financing for development. As a result, the outcome document of the conference, “Agenda for Action for the Third International Conference on Financing Development”, explicitly establishes the commitment to strengthening Supreme Audit Institutions, stating “We will strengthen national control mechanisms, such as supreme audit institutions, together with other independent oversight institutions, as appropriate.”
This recognition of the importance of independence for SAIs by the United Nations constitutes a great success for external governmental audit in general as the “Addis Ababa Agenda for Action” will be a form part of the document for the United Nations Summit in September 2015 on the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
Once this agenda has been approved, the implementation phase starts, as it will also for the Sustainable Development Goals, which will mean that SAIs will have to commit to including the Sustainable Development Goals in our audits. Including the “Monitoring and Assessing Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the mandates of each SAI” will be one of the five priorities of the current draft of the new INTOSAI Strategic Plan.
All these successes have been possible thanks to the untiring efforts of the whole INTOSAI community and to the constant cooperation over the last years.
In this context the INTOSAI General Secretariat would like to thank all SAI members for their support which it is sure will continue into the future when we enter into the phase of implementing the Post 2015 Development Agenda.