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Staying Afloat—Sinking Cities and How SAIs Can Contribute to Mitigating Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

Being one of the earth’s largest archipelagos, Indonesia’s territory consists largely of bodies of water, with coastal cities scattered across 17.000 islands. However, many of those islands might just disappear in the coming years. As early as 2005, Indonesia’s Marine and Fisheries Research Agency (KKP) reported that 24 islands the size of a football field had sunk.  The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has also shown that land subsidence in the coastline of Indonesia’s main island is happening at an unprecedented rate, ranging from 2 cm/year to an alarming 11 cm/year in certain parts, including its capital city and economic center, Jakarta. BRIN has forecasted as many as 115 islands will have sunk by the year 2100, 92 of which are caused by the rising sea levels. With most of its infrastructure located along the coastline, Indonesia suffers a higher risk of loss and damage. Thus, staying afloat has become one of our main concerns.

The Office of the Public Auditor of Palau and Environmental Resilience 

The Republic of Palau entered into two loan agreements for $28 million with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund the Koror–Airai Sanitation Project (the project). The project’s objective project was to provide effective, efficient and sustainable sanitation services to the Koror and Airai areas of Palau, and was expected to be completed by 2022. The project included sewage collection, a treatment and disposal system, and consulting services to manage and implement these activities. 

INTOSAI Regional Coordination Platform (IRCP) Back Together After Pandemic

In the first week of June in 2022, this INTOSAI-Regions Coordination Platform (IRCP) gathered in a hybrid format to discuss INTOSAI’s response to capacity development challenges and opportunities faced by SAIs.

INTOSAI WGEA Holds Virtual Assembly, Launches New Award

With the pandemic ongoing, the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) held its 20th Assembly in January 2021 as a virtual event. The assembly’s main theme was “circular economy,” which encourages more sustainable consumption and production, and the more efficient use of resources. “We believe that the concept of circular economy will help us…

NAOL Implements Creative Approach to Traditional SIGNALS Conference

Uncertain times require creative thinking and great flexibility, both of which helped facilitate a successful SIGNALS 2020 conference—an annual event hosted by the National Audit Office of Lithuania (NAOL)—as the global accountability community continues to adapt to…

Supreme Audit Court of Iran Participates in WGFACML Meeting, Sustainability Training

The Supreme Audit Court (SAC) of the Islamic Republic of Iran participated in the 14th annual International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on the Fight Against Corruption and Money Laundering (WGFACML) meeting to exchange…

National Audit Office of Lithuania to Host SIGNALS 2020 in November

The National Audit Office of Lithuania (NAOL) will host the 4th National Conference on Sustainable Development (SIGNALS), which will be held in-person and online on November 25, 2020. Distinguished government, academia, and civil society leaders as well as prominent officials from…

OLACEFS & IDI Host Workshop on Sustainable Purchases

The Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions Development Initiative (IDI) launched a cooperative audit on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation. Costa Rica’s Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) will be the lead coordinator. At the beginning of March…

NAO Bahrain Hosts Internal Audit Seminar, Earns Prestigious Regional Award, Contributes to Sustainability and Participates in SAI PMF Workshop

The National Audit Office (NAO) of the Kingdom of Bahrain organized a seminar on the importance of internal audit. The two-day seminar, attended by more than 150 employees from 55 government agencies, focused on international standards, important developments and latest practices. The event also highlighted…