The OLACEFS’ Working Group on Disaster Management Auditing in the Framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (GTFD) composed of the SAIs of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Dominican Republic, the Courts of Accounts of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ceará y Tocantins, Brazil, and chaired by the Superior Audit of the Federation of Mexico, commemorates “October 13th, International Day for Disaster Reduction.”

In 2020, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) highlights that “governance of disaster risk is at a critical juncture. Not only was it suddenly and overwhelmingly put to the test by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year, Target E of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), the first to complete its deadline for action, and which proposes “to significantly increase the number of countries with national and local level disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020” #ItsAllAboutGovernance of the #SendaiFramework.

SAIs must strengthen both audit activity and governance mechanisms. Adopt the vision of the Sendai Framework with a Disaster Risk Reduction approach, which will consist of reducing the inappropriate use of public resources by analyzing the facts. Likewise, SAIs must prepare themselves for increasingly complex threat contexts, review their own contingency plans, connectivity mechanisms, staff security, ensure operational continuity, develop analysis of systemic events, and prepare for future risks.

We join the call of the United Nations to make the world a safer place and reduce the risk of disaster.