State Audit Institution Participated in the 23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium
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 State Audit Institution Participated in the 23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium

3/8/2015

​H.E. Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of State Audit Institution(SAI), chaired the UAE delegation to the 23rd UN/INTOSAI Symposium held in Vienna, Austria.


The theme of the Symposium is “UN Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Role of SAIs and Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development”.


The Symposium focuses on the role of SAIs in conducting audits in the area of sustainable development as well as the possibilities of SAIs to promote and strengthen sustainable development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are currently in preparation. The future SDGs will include a focus on the means of implementation of development measures and reflect the need for functioning state institutions. Among other things, the proposed goal 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” expresses the understanding for the need of state capacities for sustainable development and thereby calls on SAIs to get more involved in development cooperation.


More than 160 representatives of INTOSAI, UNDESA, participating SAIs as well as the representatives of stake holders such as development agencies, donors and parliaments provide their experiences and knowledge on the role and possibilities of SAIs in the context of sustainable development. The Symposium as a worldwide capacity-building training event is therefore a perfect opportunity for heads of SAIs to gain experience and practica​l insight in this very important and topical issue.


In addition,  the symposium aimed at answering some questions in frame of UN SDGs such as those related to the specific expectations that different stakeholders such as parliaments, governments, development organizations and the UN have towards SAIs with regard to sustainable development. This is in addition to the prerequisites for SAIs to participate effectively in strengthening sustainable development; and the possibilities for SAIs to effectively engage in the Post-2015 development agenda and experiences of SAIs.

Participants stressed on the importance of having a set of conditions to enable SAIs to perform their functions effectively. For example, the SAI should enjoy financial and administrative independence, free from auditees intervention; and the financial and accounting system of the state should be based on sound accounting rules and principles that present the state financial position truly ad fairly. 

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