NIK to audit the implementation of the UN goals

The Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demonstrate its scale and challenging nature. SDGs are interdependent, indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental ones. For the next 15 years they will stimulate the key areas: people, planet prosperity and partnership. A detailed presentation of the UN SDGs is available at the website of the UN Information Centre in Warsaw, that functions as part of the Department of Public Information in the UN Secretariat (

As Mariola Ratschka, the Officer in Charge at the UN Information Centre in Warsaw, said while visiting NIK, SDGs are a means of battle aimed to rescue the world, the future of the planet and its inhabitants.

Poland has been appointed a member of the UN Security Council for a two-years term, beginning with 1 January 2018.

In Poland the implementation of the global development agenda is coordinated by the Ministry of Development. Sustainable Development Goals were included in the Sustainable Development Strategy adopted by the Council of Ministers in February 2017.

Supreme Audit Institutions have an important role to play in this process, as they monitor the governments’ progress in implementation of SDGs, and identify areas that need to be improved. One of the priorities of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 is to assess the SDGs’ implementation in the context of sustainable development of a given state and the mandate of a given Supreme Audit Institution. INTOSAI prepared the guidelines ISSAI 5130: Sustainable Development: The Role of Supreme Audit Institutions, which elaborate on the concept of sustainable development and illustrate, how SAIs may contribute to its implementation in their countries.

NIK actively participates in INTOSAI, among others as an active member of the organisation’s Governing Board - representing Europe, chair of the Subcommittee on Internal Control Standards and a member of various working groups, dealing i.a. with IT audit and fight with corruption. NIK President is a Vice-President of the EUROSAI Governing Board and heads the implementation of one of its strategic goals. NIK is significantly involved in the activity of INTOSAI and EUROSAI, as well as highly experienced in parallel audits, therefore President Krzysztof Kwiatkowski decided that NIK will participate in the joint Performance Audit of Preparedness for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

The Council of NIK adopted a resolution according to which the audit Preparedness for Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals was included in the NIK Work Plan. The audit is to be conducted on 15 January-30 March 2018 and its results will be presented in mid-2018. The audit will be based on the whole-of-government approach, according to which central, regional and local public authorities are jointly responsible for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, whereby other partners are also involved. The concept of whole-of-government increases cohesion of the public policies, innovation, effective use of available resources and synergy. 

The joint INTOSAI audit is a performance audit based on ISSAI standards, the developed model and methodology. Parallel audits will be conducted in individual countries, and their purpose is to answer the following questions: (1) To what extent has the government adapted the 2030 agenda into its national context? (2) Has the government identified and secured the resources and capacities (means of implementation) needed to implement the 2030 Agenda? (3) Has the government established a mechanism to monitor, follow-up, review and report on progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?

UN Information Centre in Warsaw

The office was established in 1995. It is one of several dozen similar centres around the world that promote the UN objectives and activities. Its tasks are, among others:

  • To provide information on current UN objectives and activity;
  • To initiate activities among the Polish society, by encouraging the involvement in global campaigns, anniversaries and celebrations of international dates designated by the UN, as well as other events;
  • To cooperate with academic centres, student research clubs, schools, government institutions, non-governmental institutions, media, UN agendas in Poland and abroad;
  • To cooperate by the organisation of Model UN conferences.

The UN Information Centre in Warsaw functions as part of the UN Department of Public Information, which develops communication strategies and launches information campaigns addressed at the civil society. They are aimed to increase awareness of nations on the most important issues, challenges and threats that the world is facing.

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