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UN/INTOSAI 21st Interregional Symposium
Start Date: Jul 13, 2011
End Date: Jul 15, 2011
Venue: Vienna
Description: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), through its Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) have organized twenty interregional seminars and symposia since 1971. These have covered over time a broad range of topics on how auditing can enhance public governance, public administration and development management. The 21st UN/INTOSAI Symposium was held in Vienna, Austria, from 13 to 15 July 2011. The Symposium focused on the theme “Effective practices of cooperation between SAIs and citizens to enhance public accountability”. This provides the opportunity to assess both how Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) engage citizens in their own work, as well as how SAIs communicate their work to citizens. The Symposium permitted all participants to identify, assess and exchange knowledge internationally about: ways in which SAIs from countries around the world engage citizens, and innovations under analysis and consideration in this field as part of SAIs institutional development. For instance: publication of audit reports in the media, participation of citizens in inter-institutional advisory bodies or councils, decision to start determined audits on requests formulated by certain number of citizens, etc.  The theme of the Symposium reflects a growing recognition of the need to deepen the participatory processes in public administration matters. Given their responsibilities for independence, professionalism and reliability, SAIs are uniquely positioned to serve the public to promote effective public governance, increase the efficiency of public administration, improve development outcomes, fight corruption and promote trust in government. In terms of greater public scrutiny, SAIs have a very important and relevant role to play. By making their reports public, they make government actions transparent for the citizens; and, by being responsive to the legitimate concerns of citizens, the civil society and the private sector, they help to build public confidence. Cooperation between citizens and SAIs can benefit all. The citizens share the same objectives as SAIs about increasing efficiency of government, securing public governance, enhancing transparency, warranting accountability of the public sector and, ultimately, to foster development for all, contributing to the achievement of the MDGs.

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Ms. Anni Haataja
Associate Expert
Development Management Branch
Division for Public Administration and Development Management UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Created By: DPADM / UNDESA
Participation Requirements: By Invitation

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