Greenlines is a resource that updates the members of the Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) on the status of their activities and other developments in environmental auditing. It also provides a summary of the current activities and initiatives of the Working Group to the members of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the general public.
We are pleased to announce that the 2nd meeting of the WGEA Steering Committee, which was hosted by the National Controller's Office of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica on 13-15 January 2003, was a great success. The purpose of the meeting was to continue to advance the WGEA work plan and to discuss members' issues or concerns. Significant progress was made in several key elements of the work plan, including: the WGEA water and waste audit papers, environmental audit training, collaborative auditing of commitments under the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, and the new WGEA Web site.
|List of Steering Committee Meeting Participants|
Luis Fernando Vargas Benavides
Guillermo Barquero Chacón
Sylvia van Leeuwen
Lillin Cathrine Knudtzon
|WGEA members unable to attend|
|South Africa||United States|
|Members of the WGEA Steering Committee meet in Costa Rica|
On behalf of the WGEA Steering Committee, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our hosts in Costa Rica for their kindness and generosity during our visit. Your hospitality made the experience productive and thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you.
The WGEA is finalizing two papers to be adopted as formal INTOSAI guidance documents at the upcoming 18thInternational Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) in Budapest, Hungary in 2004. These papers are:
The WGEA is also preparing two other papers on the environmental auditing work that the SAI is doing. However, these papers will not be presented for formal adoption. These are:
In order to help INTOSAI members build environmental auditing expertise, the WGEA and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) have entered into a new partnership to develop and deliver a two-week training course on environmental auditing for SAIs. This partnership will combine the training expertise and infrastructure of IDI with the subject matter expertise of the Working Group. The pilot course is scheduled to be delivered in two INTOSAI regions in the fall of 2003.
For more information on the IDI Environmental Auditing Training course, visit the Learning Centre on the WGEA Web site.
The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in August 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Summit brought together many countries with the goal of advancing the global agenda on, and implementation of, sustainable development. The chair of the WGEA attended the Summit, along with representatives of the SAIs from China, Norway, South Africa, and members of African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI). The WGEA participated in two key events during the Summit, which were as follows:
At the Costa Rica meeting, the Steering Committee discussed the outcomes of the WSSD and the implications for SAIs. The Steering Committee expressed strong, wide-spread support for further action by WGEA members in this area. It agreed on several ways that WGEA members could respond to the challenges of sustainable development, which are as follows:
A proposal will be submitted at the 8th WGEA assembly in Poland in April 2003 on how the plan of implementation that resulted from the Summit might be used by SAIs as the basis for future, co-ordinated audit work.
The style and architecture of the new WGEA Web site has been significantly changed to enhance the site's content and make it more user-friendly. The site contains several new features, including a searchable list of Working Group publications available in the official INTOSAI languages—Arabic, English, French, German, and Spanish—and a Learning Centre aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of environmental auditing tools and techniques.
Canada presented a draft of the structure, layout and specific content of the new WGEA Web site to the Steering Committee at their 2nd meeting in Costa Rica. While the Steering Committee approved the content of the mission, mandate, and language policy, it will also be reviewed by the WGEA assembly.
The 8th meeting of the WGEA Assembly, which had been scheduled to be held in Beijing, China from 10-15 April 2003, has been postponed because of concerns about severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Instead, the Supreme Chamber of Control of Poland will be hosting the event from 23-28 June 2003 in Warsaw, Poland. It will include a welcome reception on the evening of 23 June, seminars on 24-25 June, a business segment on 26-27 June, and an environmental/cultural excursion on 28 June.
The members of the WGEA wish to extend their sincere thanks to the National Audit Office of China and the Supreme Chamber of Control of Poland for their work and collaboration during this difficult time.
Greenlines is the electronic news bulletin of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing. It is distributed to Working Group members and to anyone interested in environmental auditing.
The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) is the professional organization of supreme audit institutions (SAI) in countries that belong to the United Nations or its specialized agencies. INTOSAI was founded in 1953 and has grown from the original 34 countries to a membership of over 180 SAIs.