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15th GAB Annual Seminar on Auditing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals Challenges and Issues of the Preparedness Phase


15th GAB Annual Seminar on Auditing the Implementation

of the Sustainable Development Goals

Challenges and Issues of the Preparedness Phase

6 May 2018

Background

This seminar recognises the importance of the strategic partnership between the General Auditing Bureau and INTOSAI and their common cause of supporting the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Agenda. In particular, this seminar seeks to build upon the previous discussions which stress the importance of auditing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically those of the 2016 INCOSAI held in Abu Dhabi and the UN / INTOSAI symposium held in Vienna in May 2017. This seminar is a valuable opportunity for GAB, the UN and INTOSAI to work together with member SAIs to support the implementation of the SDGs through maintaining the momentum of the conversation around auditing the processes at all levels. This seminar is a means for GAB to support SAIs internationally in their auditing of preparedness for implementing SDGs. Critically, this stage (2017-2018) concerning the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) based co-operative performance audit on preparedness, builds upon the 14th GAB seminar, which highlighted the key role of good governance in public institutions. Hence, this seminar expects to further this discussion by providing a platform to understand the interrelated functions of SAIs, INTOSAI and the UN SDGs.

Purpose

This seminar aims to advance the conversation and review the progress of the initial stage of auditing and follow-up for implementing the SDGs. It will provide a platform for the gathering of senior officials and experts from international and regional organisations and local governmental bodies and authorities who are directly involved in the implementing of SDGs and the auditing of these efforts. The following are ideas which could form the basis of sessions of the seminar. In keeping with this broader purpose, the theme of the seminar could be around the challenges and issues for SAIs in the preparedness phase.

1. Non-uniformity of existing institutional structures and cultures as a challenge for strategy development for auditing SDGs at national level

Established regulatory environments within nations may be entrenched particularly in developing countries where government is often complex and bureaucratic. Such contexts may present some challenges to the process of auditing and preparing for the implementation of SDGs. Such challenges go beyond technology and capacity building and may require complex and sustained solutions. Even where SAIs and government agree upon the necessity for change, such change may not be achievable in the short or medium term. Discussing the flexibility of regulatory structures and cultures is crucial to determining the best development of strategies by SAIs to ensure the most effective contribution to SDG follow-up and review at national level. The importance for SAIs of developing implementable strategies aligned with INTOSAI objectives and supported by IDI at the national level necessitates that each SAI must ensure such strategies are developed to be practicable in their own contexts and that regional and international guidance and frameworks are adhered to. The IDI model of strategic management of SAIs to contribute to the implementation of SDGs by conducting high quality audits is an important contribution in this debate as it assists SAIs towards such an implementation. This session could explore this subject and have contributions from several perspectives including - What are the challenges and how may they vary? - Sharing experiences between SAIs - How the need for cultural and structural development impacts auditing preparedness? - How is strategy development by SAIs affected by inflexibility of regulatory structures and cultures? - How may the strategies and frameworks for implementing and auditing SDGs be adapted to better serve varying institutional and cultural contexts? - How high quality audits can facilitate and enhance the implementation of SDGs?

2. Regional Co-operative Audits of SDG Implementation and the Wider Supporting Role of INTOSAI and IDI

In light of the first session which discusses the variations of institutional structures and cultures between nations, this session will address the means and mechanisms available to SAIs for the sharing of experiences and co-operation towards shared goals of implementing SDGs. To support these efforts INTOSAI and IDI have taken up advocacy and awareness raising efforts to raise the profile of SAIs and make their role in auditing implementation of SDGs in the national context more visible. Furthermore, these bodies will provide methodological support for implementing their strategies. The benefits and support that SAIs can get from initiatives, such as the IDI - KSC Auditing SDGs Programme will be discussed. Furthermore, the session will address how the UN would support SAIs in transferring critical skills and specific information related to SDGs to enable the effective auditing process. Representatives from IDI and the regional bodies such as ARABOSAI can discuss their plans to cooperate with KSC to rollout the Auditing SDGs programme for SAIs in ARABOSAI. The IDI will also provide information on its plans to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Leave no one Behind’ – A whole of government approach to auditing SDGs. This would support SAIs in their own efforts and elucidate the benefits and positive experiences of utilising the support provided by IDI and the KSC.

Sub-themes of the 15th GAB Annual Seminar:

1. Non-uniformity of existing institutional structures and cultures as a challenge for strategy development for auditing SDGs at national level

Established regulatory environments within nations may be entrenched particularly in developing countries where government is often complex and bureaucratic. Such contexts may present some challenges to the process of auditing and preparing for the implementation of SDGs. Such challenges go beyond technology and capacity building and may require complex and sustained solutions. Even where SAIs and government agree upon the necessity for change, such change may not be achievable in the short or medium term. Discussing the flexibility of regulatory structures and cultures is crucial to determining the best development of strategies by SAIs to ensure the most effective contribution to SDG follow-up and review at national level. The importance for SAIs of developing implementable strategies aligned with INTOSAI objectives and supported by IDI at the national level necessitates that each SAI must ensure such strategies are developed to be practicable in their own contexts and that regional and international guidance and frameworks are adhered to. The IDI model of strategic management of SAIs to contribute to the implementation of SDGs by conducting high quality audits is an important contribution in this debate as it assists SAIs towards such an implementation. This session could explore this subject and have contributions from several perspectives including - What are the challenges and how may they vary? - Sharing experiences between SAIs - How the need for cultural and structural development impacts auditing preparedness? - How is strategy development by SAIs affected by inflexibility of regulatory structures and cultures? - How may the strategies and frameworks for implementing and auditing SDGs be adapted to better serve varying institutional and cultural contexts? - How high quality audits can facilitate and enhance the implementation of SDGs?

2. Regional Co-operative Audits of SDG Implementation and the Wider Supporting Role of INTOSAI and IDI

In light of the first session which discusses the variations of institutional structures and cultures between nations, this session will address the means and mechanisms available to SAIs for the sharing of experiences and co-operation towards shared goals of implementing SDGs. To support these efforts INTOSAI and IDI have taken up advocacy and awareness raising efforts to raise the profile of SAIs and make their role in auditing implementation of SDGs in the national context more visible. Furthermore, these bodies will provide methodological support for implementing their strategies. The benefits and support that SAIs can get from initiatives, such as the IDI - KSC Auditing SDGs Programme will be discussed. Furthermore, the session will address how the UN would support SAIs in transferring critical skills and specific information related to SDGs to enable the effective auditing process. Representatives from IDI and the regional bodies such as ARABOSAI can discuss their plans to cooperate with KSC to rollout the Auditing SDGs programme for SAIs in ARABOSAI. The IDI will also provide information on its plans to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Leave no one Behind’ – A whole of government approach to auditing SDGs. This would support SAIs in their own efforts and elucidate the benefits and positive experiences of utilising the support provided by IDI and the KSC.

Workshop 1 (09:00 to 11:00 hrs):

INTOSAI approaches to Auditing Sustainable Development Goals

The workshop will provide an overview of the four INTOSAI approaches and their link to cross cutting priority 2 in the INTOSAI strategic plan. The instructor will speak about SAI PMF and its relevance to approach 4, and will go into the details of work currently being done by IDI under IDI-KSC Auditing SDGs Programme under approach 1, sharing lessons learned from the work has been done so far and longer term strategy for supporting SAIs in engaging with SDGs.

Workshop 2 (11:15 to 13:15 hrs):

ISSAI Implementation

The workshop will provide information on the latest developments in standard setting and the global survey results related to ISSAI implementation. It will cover IDI’s understanding of ‘ISSAI Implementation’, its recommendation for an ISSAI Implementation process at the SAI Level and the support that is given through the 3i Programme for such a process.

Speakers



Dr. Harib Al-Amimi

Chairman of INTOSAI, President of the State Audit Institution, UAE



Mr. Hisham Badawi

Chairman of the Central Auditing Agency, Egypt



Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Senior Vice President , The World Bank Group



Mrs. Heidi Mendoza

Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS)



Princess Albandari Al-Faisal Al-Saud

Director General of King Khalid Foundation, Saudi Arabia



Mr. Nejib Gtari

President of the Court of Auditors of Tunis, the Secretary General of ARABOSAI



Mr. Einar Gørrissen

Director General, INTOSAI Development Initiative



H.E. Dr. Fahad Al-Tekhaifi

President of the Saudi General Authority of Statistics



Dr. Hussam Zaman

TU Rector, Former Director General of the UNESCO Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE), Member and Reginal Representative on the Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Council (UNESCO)



Mrs. Pamela Monroe-Ellis

Auditor General of Jamaica



Dr. Mohamed Jouiani

Vice-President of the Islamic Development Bank Group



Mr. Darshak Shah

Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Finance Officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



Mr. Viktor Cypris

Director General, Austrian Court of Audit



Dr. Silke Steiner

INTOSAI General Secretariat



Mr. Christopher Mihm

Managing Director, Strategic Issues, United States Government Accountability Office



Mrs. Archana Shirsat

Deputy Director General, INTOSAI Development Initiative

Seminar Date :
6 / May / 2018
Seminar Location :
Saudi Arabia , Riyadh ,King Faisal Conference Hall, Intercontinental Hotel
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Organaizional Entity

[General Auditing Bureau]

Tel :
011 402 9255

Fax :
011 404 3887

Email :
sc@gab.gov.sa
alagla@gab.gov.sa