ECOSOC established ISAR in 1982 as a body that allows for 34 formal ISAR members to serve three-year terms. These 34 members include nine African, seven Asian, six Latin American, three Eastern European, and nine Western European and other States. Member States may appoint any expert from their country as their nominated representative in ISAR. Representatives typically come from the Ministry responsible for accounting and reporting issues, from securities and financial regulatory agencies, or from national accounting associations.
Note that all member countries of the United Nations are able to send representatives to ISAR sessions, and that ISAR membership carries no financial obligations
Benefits of formal membership
Formal members of ISAR would be given a priority role in participating in ISAR annual sessions (including bureau activities such as chairmanship), consultative group and ad hoc meetings, workshops and training events. During the intersessional period of ISAR, members would have the opportunity to provide inputs in the preparations of the annual ISAR session, the direction of its activities, and ways to enhance its outreach.
Member States interested in formal membership should contact their Permanent Mission in New York or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their capital and request them to submit the candidacy for election to ISAR. The letter requesting membership needs to be addressed to the Chair of the relevant regional group for the month, who are listed in the UN Journal, with copy to the ECOSOC secretariat in New York and the ISAR secretariat in Geneva.
Ms. Sangeeta Sharma
Deputy Secretary, Third Committee of the General Assembly
Economic and Social Council Affairs Branch
Dept. for General Assembly and Conference Management
United Nations - New York
Ms. Tatiana Krylova
Head, Enterprise Branch
Division on Investment and Enterprise
UNCTAD - Geneva
Note that it is not necessary to delegate the expert that will represent the country in its formal membership with the application. This information can be communicated after the election in the form of a note verbale to the ISAR secretariat in Geneva.
The ISAR secretariat in Geneva remains available to provide up-to-date information on the relevant contacts for ISAR membership application, as well as more additional information about ISAR's impact and agenda.
- Russian Federation