ALSAI participates in the first seminar on Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations

27.11.2019

On 21st – 22nd of November 2019, in Lisbon, Portugal, was organized the first EUROSAI and AFROSAI seminar on sharing experiences in auditing the Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations. Representatives from over 50 different SAIs, mostly European and African, attended the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to raise the awareness of the participants on the emergency of achieving the 17 objectives and properly addressing them to the respective governments.

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The welcoming speech of the meeting was held by Mr. Vítor Caldeira, President of the Portuguese Court of Accounts and Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. They emphasized the common challenges facing the international community today, especially poverty, social inequality, climate change and environmental degradation, peace, justice and education. Then, to reflect on the contribution that SAIs can make to these challenges, Mr. Dmitry Zaitsev, President of the Russian SAI currently holding the INTOSAI presidency, Mr. Mamadou Faye, Auditor General of Senegal, who holds the position of President of AFROSAI and Mr. Seyit Baş, President of the Turkish Court of Accounts and at the same time President of EUROSAI, took the floor.

On the first day of the meeting, different perspectives on the potential topic under audit were discussed. The INTOSAI Development Initiative brought the global perspective, through a performance audit conducted on the implementation of some of these objectives. Different SAIs, such as Portuguese, Austrian, Brazilian, German, Kenyan, Spanish, Turkish, etc., brought their national experiences in auditing the implementation of different objectives under the 17 objectives. At the end of the first day of the meeting, a resolution on the conclusions of the seminar was formulated, namely:

1. SAIs have an important role to play in achieving sustainable development goals;

2. SAIs can embrace a variety of approaches and methods to audit the preparation of their respective governments, including all social actors;

3. It is critical to audit the performance of governments in achieving national objectives, to ensure that the needs of future generations are adequately reflected in policy documents;

4. Experience emanating from the audit of sustainable development goals, has a positive impact on the work of the members of EUROSAI and AFROSAI;

5. In the audit of these objectives there is valuable space for cooperation between members of EUROSAI, AFROSAI, OLACEF and beyond.

Consequently, the members of EUROSAI and AFROSAI gathered in Lisbon are committed to the co-operation and sharing of information in the field of auditing, as well as capacity building related to auditing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the second day of the meeting a festive ceremony was organized for the 630th anniversary of the Casa dos Contos and the 170th anniversary of the Portuguese Tribunal de Contas. The ceremony was greeted by the President of the Republic of Portugal Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the senior representatives of the Portuguese SAI and other guests of national and international institutions.

In this seminar, the ALSAI was represented by the Chairman, Mr. Bujar Leskaj, and the Director General, Mr. Rinald Muça. The Albanian delegation had fruitful meetings with leaders of Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Montenegro SAIs. The meeting set up co-operation bridges for joint performance audits with EUROSAI member countries, such as the one currently under way with the Croatian, Italian and Slovenian SAIs on “Immediate Sea Pollution”. In addition, the performance audit department at the ALSAI has conducted a number of performance audits that reflect the objectives of sustainable development goals, focusing on gender equality, quality of education, poverty, energy efficiency, drinking water management, etc. In the future, the performance department will continue to engage in auditing the implementation of these objectives for an Albania that is moving alongside its European and world partners.

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