EUROSAI. Magazine N24 - 2018

Magazine No. 24 - 2018 71 Studies and other articles • Governments, as well as SAIs, have to take a holistic approach when it comes to implementing, or reviewing the implementation of, the SDGs; • Different stakeholders have great expectations with regard to the role of SAIs in implementing the SDGs; and that • Coordinated audits offer valuable opportunities for the exchange of experiences and knowledge. In order to respond to these challenges and to raise awareness, INTOSAI is supporting SAIs through a number of initiatives. Initiatives and activities of INTOSAI The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) and the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC) have launched a joint programme on “Auditing the Implementation of SDGs”, which aims at supporting SAIs in their efforts to conduct cooperative performance audits on the SDGs. Currently, already more than 70 SAIs are conducting ISSAI based performance audits of preparedness based on a whole of government approach. Through these audits, SAIs are also expressing their commitment to the realization of the Abu Dhabi Declaration by implementing INTOSAI Approach I (“Auditing the preparedness of national governments to implement the SDGs”). In 2019, a compendium on the central audit findings shall be published in cooperation with the UN. In order to raise awareness among the international community, the General Secretariat of INTOSAI organized two Side Events in the framework of the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. The first Side Event in 2016 addressed “The contribution of SAIs to ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of the SDGs”, and the second one in 2018 was dedicated to “Experiences of SAIs in the implementation of the SDGs”. In the framework this second Side Event, first results of SDG audits were presented and discussed by high-ranking representatives of SAIs, the UN, governments and representatives of the civil society. Furthermore, the IDI and the UN jointly organized two “SAI Leadership and Stakeholder Meetings” on “Contributions of SAIs to the SDGs” in 2017 and 2018. These events aimed at the exchange of knowledge and experiences of SAIs from all INTOSAI regions against the backdrop of the IDI-KSC “Auditing the SDGs” programme. Additionally, the INTOSAI General Secretariat is regularly dedicating the UN/INTOSAI Symposia (capacity building events which are jointly organized by INTOSAI and the UN) to the involvement of SAIs and INTOSAI in the 2030 Agenda. The 24 th Symposium in June 2017 focused on the question of how SAIs can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in the best possible manner. Also the future UN/INTOSAI Symposia (until 2030) will be regularly dedicated to the SDGs.