For two years now, the world has been experiencing not only the Covid-19 pandemic, but also a significant increase in the number of natural and man-made disasters, accidents and emergencies. Therefore, supreme audit institutions cannot stay away from the problems facing countries and governments.
This was stated by Viktor Bohun, Member of the Accounting Chamber, during the VIIth Meeting of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting, attended by representatives of 16 countries, took place online.
Viktor Bohun recalled that the scale of future catastrophes and their threat to the population was discussed during the EUROSAI-ECA side event on the topic “Translating Climate Ambition into Delivery”, which took place recently at the COP26 of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change.
“The results of this conference give us hope that most countries will take appropriate action and that we will work together to slow down the trend of global warming and the catastrophic consequences associated with it. It is taking into account the role to be played by supreme audit institutions in disaster prevention that the Strategic Plan of the Working Group for 2021–2024 was prepared” – Viktor Bohun said.
The Strategic Plan was supported by all the SAIs – members of the Group. Considerable attention is paid to natural, man-made disasters and audit methodologies on these issues.
The audit “Transboundary movements of wastes in the light of the Basel Convention provisions” was conducted this year with participation of the SAIs of Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia in the framework of the Working Group. Its results were presented by the SAI of Poland during the meeting of the Working Group.
In addition, the participants of the meeting got acquainted with the results of the survey of members of the Working Group on possible topical issues for conducting joint international audits in 2022–2024, as well as with presentations of the SAIs of Italy, Turkey and Ukraine.
The EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes was established in 2014 by the resolution of the IX EUROSAI Congress. Throughout the period, the Group is chaired by the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine.