Supreme audit institutions of about 70 countries of the world discussed the issues of rethinking for circular economy, based on recovery and rational consumption, during the Assembly Meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI WGEA).
The online event, which lasted from 19 to 21 January 2021, was attended by more than 150 representatives of supreme audit institutions.
The National Audit Office of Finland, which is chairing the INTOSAI WGEA, acted as the organizer and moderator of this year’s meeting. The Auditor General of Finland Ms. Tytti Yli-Viikari noted that Finland has considerable experience in implementing circular economy and is ready to share its best practices and ideas with other countries. The meeting was attended by the Member of the Accounting Chamber Viktor Bohun and the representatives of the institution.
Invited key experts from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Finland, UN Environment Programme, UNDESA, Finnish Environment Institute, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and other NGO’s, presented a modern view of the environment, measures of the world to overcome the harmful effects of pollution by industrial waste, as well as acquainted with the concepts of policies for the implementation of a circular economy. Practical examples are provided to assist auditors in applying the knowledge gained during environmental audits.
The representatives of the Accounting Chamber also participated in the sessions on the topics identified in the Group’s Work Plan for 2020-2022, namely: plastic waste, international climate finance, sustainable transport, environment-related Sustainable Development Goals, capacity building and communication. Particular attention was paid to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the environment and the activities of the audit community in this area.
The activity of the INTOSAI WGEA aims to encourage the use of audit mandates and audit methods in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development by both members of the Working Group and non–member SAIs.
The Accounting Chamber is a member of the INTOSAI WGEA since 2002.