IPSASB Welcomes ISSB Board Announcement and Publication of Prototype Disclosure Standards

Nov 03, 2021 | New York | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®) welcomes the IFRS Foundation Trustees announcement of the formation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), together with the publication of the prototype climate and general disclosure requirements developed by the Technical Readiness Working Group (TRWG).

“Climate change is an issue that is increasingly important to us all. Urgent public sector action will be critical to successfully addressing climate change, through the combination of its central roles as policy setter, regulator, funder and in service delivery. Strong governance, effective implementation, and accountability for the use of public sector resources will all be essential if governments are to play their parts in addressing climate change and sustainability more broadly,” said Ian Carruthers, IPSASB Chair.

“The guidance from the new ISSB will provide important tools for both effective decision making and strong reporting on sustainability issues globally. While having an investor focus, with suitable interpretation it has the potential to provide a basis for some of the guidance that jurisdictions will require for tracking their progress in reaching their climate change targets and other key sustainability initiatives such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The IPSASB looks forward to working closely with the ISSB as exploration starts of public sector sustainability reporting guidance needs following COP26.”

Sustainability is a focus area of the IPSASB. Learn about the IPSASB’s thinking related to sustainability and its existing guidance.

About the IPSASB

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It also raises awareness of IPSAS and the benefits of accrual adoption. The Board receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact permissions@ifac.org.


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