The International Federation of Accountants has launched the Global Knowledge Gateway, a service that brings together news, views, resources and thought leadership articles for the accounting profession worldwide.

The gateway includes accounting documents and provides a forum to explore issues, participate in discussions, and be part of the global community of accountants that IFAC represents.

“We recognized that there was no single hub that collates and shares industry insights, ideas, and information while connecting the worldwide community of accountants,” said IFAC CEO Fayez Choudhury in a statement. “We wanted to leverage our position as the global accountancy organization and create a venue that provides access to helpful resources, keeps users informed on accountancy issues and news, and encourages discussion and debate.”

The gateway initially focuses on the following topics: ethics, business reporting, finance leadership & development, performance & financial management, governance, risk management & internal control, and sustainability. The broad range of topics is supposed to serve different groups in the accounting profession, including IFAC member organizations, accountancy professionals, the regulatory community, and firms, as well as accounting students.

The gateway includes six key components:

• Viewpoints: Leaders of the accountancy and business communities share their perspectives on the profession and other relevant hot topics.

• Accountancy News: Headlines from a variety of media outlets and online press rooms.

• Resources: Each topic features filterable resources from IFAC, member bodies, and other relevant organizations, with descriptions and links to original sources.

• Discussions: Topical questions and views inspire and encourage debate and conversation among the global accounting community.

• Topical News: Headlines within topic areas.

• Upcoming Events: Highlights of key events and conferences worldwide.

The initial Viewpoint column, authored by Choudhury, discusses the importance of a shared, global resource for accountants. Reviewing the history and genesis of IFAC’s online offerings, the article also invites users to provide feedback on the gateway’s interface, content and functionality.

To gain full access to the gateway’s offerings, register on IFAC’s Web site. By registering, users can participate in discussions; suggest resources, news, discussion topics and events; and stay up to date on various topics.