COA officials attend the 63rd Meeting of the United Nations’ Panel of External Auditors

Published: 28 November 2023


Commission on Audit (COA) officials led by Commissioner Mario G. Lipana attended the 63rd Regular Session of the United Nations’ Panel of External Auditors held from 20 to 21 November 2023 in the UN Headquarters, New York. The 63rd Regular Session was chaired by Dr. Isma Yatun, Chair of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia.

The United Nations’ Panel of External Auditors provides a unique platform to discuss important and timely issues, exchange of information, methodologies, and process to deliver high quality and value-adding external audit services and ensure transparent and accurate decisions made by the United Nations, its Specialized Agencies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The 63rd Regular Session was attended by the Panel members coming from 12 Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), namely: Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The Panel discussed several crucial topics and approved the revised Rules of Procedures amendment. The Panel also met with His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, highlighting crucial topics such as management of critical risks, the challenging financial environment, harmonization in implementing new accounting standards across the UN, addressing climate change, and importance of digital transformation.

Prior to the regular session of the Panel, its Technical Group (TG) held its 39th meeting from 15 to 17 November 2023 in the UN Headquarters, New York. There were 14 topics discussed during the TG meeting categorized into three critical areas, namely: Financial and Management Issues; Climate Change; and Digital Issues. SAI Philippines particularly discussed two important topics: Agenda 17 – Update on Sustainability Reporting (IFRS, GRI, other relevant standards) being used by the Public Sector and their applicability to UN entities; and Agenda 23 – Procurement digitization.

Likewise, the COA delegation headed by Commissioner Lipana conducted two bilateral meetings with key Philippine Representatives in New York: first, with H.E. (Mr.) Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo, the Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, and secondly with the Hon. (Mr.) Senen T. Mangalile, the Philippine Consul General based in New York. #