International Accounting and Reporting Issues

2008 Review

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Since the middle of 2007, world financial markets have been experiencing extreme turbulence. The centrality of reliable and comparable information for financial stability and for the ability of investors to assess risk and allocate resources to different investment opportunities has been painfully demonstrated by recent events. In marking UNCTAD’s Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR)’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the UNCTAD secretariat organized a high-level segment that featured prominent speakers, including ministers, discussing the positive contribution of international accounting and reporting standards and codes to financial stability and economic growth. This publication contains ISAR’s deliberations at its twenty-fifth session, and it will provide policymakers, regulators, standard-setters, boards of directors, researchers and other readers with insights into some of the timely issues on corporate reporting.



Review of practical implementation issues relating to International Financial Reporting Standards: Case study of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The present report reviews implementation issues of IFRS by the approximately 1,200 United Kingdom companies with shares or bonds listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Together with other companies listed on a European Union (EU)-regulated stock exchange, such companies were required under EU International Accounting Standards (IAS) regulations to apply IFRS as endorsed by the EU in its consolidated accounts for financial periods commencing on or after 1 January 2005.


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