OLACEFS presented the results of the coordinated audit on Sustainable Development Goals, carried out within the framework of the Special Technical Commission for the Environment (COMTEMA) at a United Nations event in New York.
The purpose of this joint project was to assess the preparedness of Latin American national governments to implement the 2030 Agenda. Additionally it sought to analyze government preparedness for the implementation of goal 2.4 on the sustainability of food production.
The results indicate that countries are facing the same challenges, and need a) to improve the institutionalization of the 2030 Agenda; b) to establish long-term planning; c) identify risk prevention and management mechanisms; and d) improve monitoring and assessment processes for SDGs.
To disseminate the results, an SDG Radar was created to clearly and simply communicate results of the evaluation regarding the preparedness of national governments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
In general the entities participating in the audit presented the following recommendations to their national governments: a) to strengthen the process of institutionalization and internalization of SDGs in their countries; b) to formally establish bodies responsible for the coordination and implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and c) establish responsibilities, processes and mechanisms for the integrated monitoring and cross-cutting assessment of the results of national public policies.
This work was carried out under the leadership of the Court of Auditors of the Union (TCU), with the participation of the audit institutions of eleven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, and the audit institution of the province of Buenos Aires.
Through this kind of coordinated audit, Supreme Audit Institutions foster compliance with international agreements and encourage improvement in environmental governance towards sustainable development.
The event was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in partnership with the Intosai Development Initiative.
Carlos Lustosa, COMTEMA technical liaison and auditor of the Court of Auditors of the Union of Brazil presented the results of the coordinated audit at the United Nations.
The executive summary of the audit can be found at the website www.tcu.gov.br/sdg.