The bulletin summarizes WGEA work done with topics related to these SDGs and covers audit case findings from WGEA Audit database related to SDGs 14 and 15. The bulletin also serves as a background material for WGEA’s sections of the HLPF 2022 side event called "Accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda – The contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions".
This bulletin aims to serve as an introduction to the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA). The bulletin has been specially designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the INTOSAI WGEA which aligns together with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The bulletin summarizes the work of the WGEA and SAIs on climate. It has been created to help SAIs discuss the growing importance of risks related to the climate and provide support for their external communication to leverage the work of SAIs and WGEA with external stakeholders.
In the work plan of INTOSAI WGEA for 2011-2013, a commitment was made to develop a document focusing on the topics in the agenda of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Project Leaders of SAIs of Brazil and Canada cooperated with the project sub-committee and the Secretariat of INTOSAI WGEA in developing a paper reflecting the key messages of the community of public sector auditors on the central topic of sustainable development based on their years of work, presented to the Heads of the Rio+20:
At the 11th meeting of INTOSAI’s Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) in Arusha, Tanzania, in June 2007 (WG11), a number of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) agreed to cooperate in designing and undertaking a coordinated audit of climate change programs.Fourteen SAIs, referred to as “the partners,” were part of the collaboration: Australia, Austria,Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Indonesia, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
This cooperation project was the first of its kind for the WGEA and, for several of the partners, was their first coordinated audit of this type. The partners represented a diverse group, with a range of experience in auditing climate change programs and a mix of audit mandates and practices. The joint summary report—Coordinated International Audit on Climate Change: Key Implications for Governments and their Auditors—is the culmination of the partners’ work together.
Coordinated International Audit on Climate Change Project Leader’s Final Report: Process Chronicle and Lessons Learned
The final report from the Project Leader, Mr. John Reed of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The purpose of this report is to capture the process used and the lessons learned in executing the coordinated international audit on climate change. It is divided into three sections:
• a chronicle of the process used to plan and guide the project
• lessons learned from the perspectives of the individual participants
• perspectives of the Project Leader