Meeting on “Supreme Audit Institutions making a difference: Auditing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) was held on July 22-23, 2019, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The delegation headed by Vugar Gulmammadov, the Chairman of the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan attended the meeting of Supreme Audit Institutions Leadership and Stakeholders.
In the opening session Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UNDESA and Ms. Marta Acosta, Auditor General of Costa Rica, IDI Board Member made greeting speech and spoke about the important role of SAIs around the world in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Main part of the meeting including the following themes was held in discussion panels within 10 sessions:
- Are nations prepared for implementing the 2030 Agenda? Insights and recommendations from SDG preparedness audits
- Insights and recommendations from the SDG preparedness audits: Institutional arrangements;
- Insights and recommendations from the SDG preparedness audits - Policy integration, budgets and partnerships;
- Insights and recommendations from the SDG preparedness audits - Data and monitoring;
- Insights and recommendations from the SDG preparedness audits - No one left behind, gender equality and stakeholder engagement;
- What difference have the audits made?
- Facilitating audit impact: Communication and collaboration around SDG audits;
- Auditing SDG implementation - Strategic considerations for SAIs;
- Auditing SDG implementation - Integrating the SDGs into the audit practice;
- Auditing SDG implementation - Exploring opportunities for collaboration
Ms. Archana Shirsat, Deputy Director General, IDI making speech in the first session presented analysis report within joint program of IDI and INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee on “SDG Audit” and showed its online uploading. Last version of the report on “Are the nations prepared for implementation of the 2030 Agenda?” is available on https://www.idi.no/en/idi-cpd/auditing-sustainable-development-goals-programme/sdgs-audit-publication. It should be noted that, reports of over 40 SAIs were used in the preparation of the current publication.
In other sessions representatives of SAIs Argentina, USA, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Malta, Fiji, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Uganda, Senegal, Mauritius, Mongolia and INTOSAI, UNDESA, the World Bank, GIZ, OLACEFS, CAAF and other organizations shared experiences in the panel discussions.
The delegation of the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan attended the discussions on the mentioned themes and held meetings with the delegation of SAIs (Poland, Georgia, Ukraine) with which they cooperate within different projects.
At the end of the meeting importance of enhancing external public audit of SAIs at global level for SDG implementation according to UN 2030 Agenda was highlighted and challenges regarding relevant initiatives were expressed. .