Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which all UN members and thus all INTOSAI members subscribe, relate to economic, social and environmental sustainability. The INTOSAI Strategic Plan includes the SDGs as a crosscutting/organizational priority and states that:
“INTOSAI contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. INTOSAI, through its working bodies and Regional Organizations, supports its member SAIs’ efforts to play a key role in promoting and supporting high quality, relevant audits of national initiatives to support the achievement of the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each SAI has a role in the audit and evaluation of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through national development plans in their respective countries. INTOSAI encourages its member SAIs to contribute to the follow-up and review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals within the context of each nation’s specific sustainable development efforts and SAIs’ individual mandates“.
INTOSAI is committed to contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including carrying out its own internal and external operations and activities in a sustainable manner (priority 2), promoting and supporting equality and inclusiveness (priority 4) and, through goal 4, promoting economical, efficient, effective, relevant and innovative working practices. To support this ambition, the CBC developed a motion on sustainable INTOSAI operations, which will be presented at INCOSAI.