Reminder: IAESB-UNCTAD Accountancy Education Forum: Building Human Capacity and Professional Accounting Education for High-Quality Corporate Reporting

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    Reminder: IAESB-UNCTAD Accountancy Education Forum: Building Human Capacity and Professional Accounting Education for High-Quality Corporate Reporting

    Implementation of International Education Standards and Capacity-Building for High-Quality Corporate Reporting 

    Registration Closes Friday, February 18; Event Program Available

    To address the requirements and public interest benefits of developing a professional accountancy education program, international accountancy and education leaders will meet March 8 at the United Nations in Geneva for the Accountancy Education Forum, a full-day event jointly hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). To register for the event, please click here: UNCTAD-IAESB Forum Registration by Friday, February 18.

    The Accountancy Education Forum will feature expert speakers and participants from North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The agenda includes panel discussions and interactive sessions that aim to share best practices, provide support tools, and answer questions, with a focus on the implementation of the International Education Standards set by the IAESB, and the UNCTAD-ISAR Accounting Model Curriculum. The questions include: What are the considerations and requirements for developing a professional accountancy education program? What are some of the critical capacity-building needs in the area of accounting education? What assistance exists to develop professional accountancy education programs and implement the requirements? How can progress towards implementing these requirements be assessed? How do these programs impact the global economy?

    “Efficient capital markets depend on the work of the accountancy profession to ensure that accounting and auditing professionals demonstrate a high standard of competence,” said Mark Allison, chairman of the IAESB. “The critical link in ensuring competence is developing human capacity, which relies on professional accountancy organizations to develop and deliver effective professional accountancy education programs. It is a natural fit for the IAESB and UNCTAD to partner on this topic and share best practices with the international accountancy profession.”

    The twenty-seventh session of UNCTAD's Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) considered a capacity-building framework for high-quality corporate reporting. Human capacity-building is an essential component of this framework. The twenty-eighth session of ISAR, which will take place in Geneva from October 12-14, 2011, will further consider these issues.

    To learn more about the UNCTAD-IAESB Accountancy Education Forum, please view the event programme here.

    About the IAESB
    The IAESB ( develops education standards, guidance and information papers for use by IFAC member bodies under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAESB, and the IAESB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance.

    About IFAC
    IFAC ( is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

    About United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
    UNCTAD is the focal point of the United Nations for the integrated treatment of investment and enterprise development. Since its founding in 1964, UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development. UNCTAD is the host for the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR). For more than 25 years, ISAR has been the focal point within the UN system for issues of corporate transparency and accounting. Through ISAR, UNCTAD works to promote international best practices in corporate reporting and disclosure and to assist developing countries to build their technical capacity in this area. More information:


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