The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the United Nations Members States jointly committed to in September 2015, provides an ambitious and long-term agenda on a broad range of vital issues.
The UN Members State declaration on the SDGs,
“Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development,” noted that “Our Governments have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review, at the national, regional and global levels, in relation to the progress made in implementing the goals and targets over the coming fifteen years.”
SAIs can, through their audits and consistent with their mandates and priorities, make valuable contributions to national efforts to track progress, monitor implementation and identify improvement opportunities across the full set of the SDGs.
INTOSAI has decided to include SDGs quite centrally in its strategic plan 2017-2022 as a cross-cutting theme. In its current discussions building up to the INCOSAI in December 2016, INTOSAI also identified four approaches through which INTOSAI and SAIs can contribute to the implementation of SDGs.
As a contribution to the INTOSAI and SAI efforts in supporting the implementation of SDGs, the IDI, in cooperation with INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC), launched a capacity development programme on ‘Auditing Sustainable Development Goals’. Following discussions with stakeholders during 2016, the IDI sees SDGs as a possible ‘contents’ umbrella for audit work done by the SAIs. Consequently, this programme is also linked to other IDI programmes e.g. 3i Programme, SAI fighting corruption programme and the IDI’s value of gender balance.
High-quality audits of sustainable development goals by SAIs.
The programme will be offered to 40 SAIs from different INTOSAI regions. The participant SAIs will be selected in 2017.
The General Auditing Bureau (GAB) of Saudi Arabia signed a grant agreement to support the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) in its efforts in supporting the audit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The translation of the release in Arabic is document here (19 KB) .
The purpose of the programme is high-quality audits of the sustainable development goals by SAIs such that the audits examine preparedness for implementation of key principles of Agenda 2030 i.e. integrated the whole of government approach and leaving no one behind. In its current phase, the programme has four key result areas – advocacy and awareness raising, development of guidance for auditing preparedness, a community portal on auditing SDGs, and supporting a global cooperative performance audit programme on auditing preparedness and developing a compendium of audit findings on the audits conducted.
The programme was initiated in around 40 SAIs in developing countries but has attracted significant international interest, it is being scaled up to respond to demand from over 100 SAIs in all regions of the world. It will be delivered in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French
GAB, on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs both within Saudi Arabia, and worldwide, to eradicate global poverty and ensure sustainable development. It is leading by example to encourage INTOSAI and SAIs to take a prominent role in this noble cause.
This programme is a partnership between IDI and INTOSAI KSC, which aims to contribute to the implementation of Crosscutting Priority 2 of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan. The IDI has also established a broad partnership, to advocate for and strengthen the role of SAIs in Auditing the SDGs, with SAIs, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, INTOSAI Regions, and global initiatives including the International Budget Partnership.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is the successor to the Millennium Development Goals. They provide an ambitious and long-term agenda on a comprehensive range of vital issues, encapsulated in 17 broad goals including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The SDGs were developed by the UN, in partnership with 193 member countries and many global civil society groups.
The General Auditing Bureau of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is its Supreme Audit Institution, mandated to review and report on Government finances, and audit the efficiency and effectiveness of Government programmes. It plays a crucial role in supporting and monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) seeks to support Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in developing countries to strengthen their capacities and performance. It is established in Oslo under Norwegian Foundation Law.
It derives its mandate from the International Organisational of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). It provides support through global, regional and country level initiatives based on the needs expressed by each SAI. IDI began supporting SAIs in their role to audit the SDGs in 2016. For further information, please the following links:
• SDGs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
• General Audit Bureau, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia http://www.gab.gov.sa/en/Pages/default.aspx
• Auditing the Sustainable Development Goals programme http://www.idi.no/en/idi-cpd/auditing-sustainable-development-goals-programme