Symposium on Developing Public Sector Sustainability Reporting Standards

in partnership with ACCA
Session Type
Session Themes
Sustainability Reporting
English / French / Spanish / Arabic / Russian / Chinese
Room number
Hall 4 Room 11
Contact Email
16 October 2023
13:30 - 15:15 Abu Dhabi

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) has been playing a pivotal role in the harmonization of sustainability reporting frameworks and standards. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) is developing private sector sustainability reporting requirements that support investors and provide a global baseline of sustainability disclosures to inform economic and investment decisions. At the same time, a recent report by the World Bank Group identifies significant climate-related information gaps for public sector entities. Bridging these gaps is important for informed policymaking by governments and allocation of public funds to sustainable activities.

To address climate-related information gaps, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has undertaken a research and scoping exercise using their due process and global networks for developing sustainability reporting standards, fit for the public sector.

This symposium offers an important global platform to show the IPSAS Board’s thinking on the development of public sector sustainability reporting, and to voice views and concerns of all stakeholders. The symposium will also provide an opportunity for participants to consider what capacity gaps need to be addressed to support the rapid adoption and implementation of sustainability reporting in the public sector, globally.

Session themes:

  • How will the IPSAS Board develop public sector sustainability reporting standards that meet the varied needs of users and capabilities of prepares?
  • What are the information needs for users of public sector sustainability reports?
  • How can ISAR, the Regional Partnerships for the promotion of sustainability reporting, professional accountancy organizations(PAOs), public sector institutions, and other civil society actors effectively facilitate capacity building in preparation for the adoption and implementation of sustainability reporting in the public sector?


Head of Public Sector, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Program and Technical Director, International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASB)
Executive Director, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Chief External Affairs Officer, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Director, Sustainability, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Partner, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG, Canada
Director, Directorate of Accounting Standards (Public Sector), Financial Reporting Council, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Deputy Director General, International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)