With a little over a month to go before nominations open for the 2020 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA), what kind of initiatives does it take to win the UNPSA? Get to know past winning UNPSA initiatives and how they relate to the SDGs when you visit the UNPS Innovation Hub. UNPSA promote and reward innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the 2030 Agenda.
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DPIDG in collaboration with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) held an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to provide and discuss inputs on the proposed approach, methodology and tools for auditing SDG implementation. The meeting supported the finalization of the audit model developed by IDI. The model will be used to facilitate support for cooperative compliance and performance audits of the implementation of selected SDG goals and targets by supreme audit institutions. The model will also provide guidance to supreme audit institutions in their strategic considerations on auditing SDGs. The meeting was held from 24 to 26 July 2019 in New York.
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The United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) promote and reward innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the 2030 Agenda. The winners of the 2019 UNPSA are here. Congratulations!
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A new working paper examines the involvement of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in auditing the pre¬paredness of governments for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015. These audits have covered institutional arrangements put in place to implement the SDGs, the mobilization of resources, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. SDG preparedness audits have produced valuable information that is not necessarily available from other national processes linked with SDG follow-up and review. As such, audit recommendations can be a powerful tool to help governments improve SDG implementation. The paper reflects on the impact that SDG audits have made, and on the challenges and opportunities for SAIs that have engaged in this exercise. While many of these challenges are generic to the work of SAIs, SDG audits also present specific political, institutional and technical problems. Finally, the paper explores questions that this new area of engagement poses for SAIs, including the long-term prospects for institutionalization of SDG audits and the relationship with other accountability mechanisms for the SDGs at the national level.
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