UNCTAD is the United Nations focal point on accounting and reporting issues, which are both critical for attracting investment and promoting financial stability.
ISAR is an intergovernmental working group dedicated to assists member States to improving quality and international comparability of financial reporting and non-financial disclosure, such as environmental issues, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
It conducts research and policy analysis on related issues, as well as servicing the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting.
Technical assistance is also provided on capacity-building in the area based on its Accounting Development Tool.
ISAR allows for 34 formal members to serve three-year terms. These members include nine African, seven Asian, six Latin American, three Eastern European, and nine Western European and Other States. While sessions are open to all member and observer States of UNCTAD, ISAR is seeking to strengthen the role of formal group members in the ISAR agenda-setting process.
A special meeting of formal members is conducted during its annual sessions to facilitate discussions on key issues to be addressed in ISAR sessions. Note that ISAR membership carries no financial obligation of the part of member countries or UNCTAD.
ISAR’s current members are Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, the Gambia, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The ISAR secretariat welcomes applications for membership from countries interested in contributing to the global conversation on corporate governance and reporting. 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.
Become a member
ISAR holds regular elections two out of every three years. They normally take place around April-May. Delegations are invited to submit their nominations as early as possible, but at least 3 working days in advance of elections. The next regular elections will take place as follows:
2024 – 13 members
2023 – 21 members
APPLICATION PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE:
Step 1. Contact the Permanent Mission of your country in New York or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital and request to submit a candidacy letter for election as a Member of ISAR, either as an endorsed candidate through your regional group or as a non-endorsed candidate by your Mission.
Step 2. The Permanent Mission needs to send correspondence to the Secretary of the Council, Ms. Emer Herity (firstname.lastname@example.org), with copy to Ms. Rachel Stein-Holmes (email@example.com) and Ms. Mary Constable (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). The correspondence should present the candidature for a vacancy, clearly indicating ISAR and the term of office that they would like to be considered for.
Step 3. Provide a copy of the application to the ECOSOC and UNCTAD focal points.
Summaries of all formal ECOSOC meetings, including the terms of States elected to Council subsidiaries, are published in the UN Journal within one or two days after each meeting. Official summary records in the six languages will eventually be issued for respective ECOSOC meetings and these will also reflect any election results. Decisions on elections can also be accessed on the ECOSOC webpage.
The elected States are encouraged to send a communication to the focal point at UNCTAD with the contact details of the delegated expert(s) to represent them at ISAR related activities.
Rachel Stein-Holmes (Ms.)
Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
ECOSOC Affairs Branch
Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Ms. Isabel Garza Rodriguez
Accounting and Corporate Governance Section
Division on Investment and Enterprise
UNCTAD – Geneva
The ISAR team remains available to provide up-to-date information on the relevant contacts for ISAR membership application, as well as additional information about ISAR’s impact and agenda.