UN Forum Stresses the Role of Entrepreneurs in Achieving SDGs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – One of the key strategies for the successful implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is to integrate entrepreneurship and innovation in all economic and social dimensions. Entrepreneurs and innovators can provide breakthrough sustainable solutions that can be scaled to create a global impact.
UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Bahrain recently organized the World Entrepreneurs and Investment Forum (WEIF) 2017, which recognized the vital role of entrepreneurs in global sustainable development and impact investing.
With females making up more than 60 percent of the participants, WEIF 2017 particularly underscored the importance of the role of women's entrepreneurship. It recommended the active involvement of women in all sectors related to the SDGs throughentrepreneurship and innovation.
The Forum also called upon governments and the private sector to facilitate the work of entrepreneurs to ensure sustainable development. Miroslav Lajcak, the President of the General Assembly, said that it is important to offer better incentives to induce entrepreneurs and innovators to invest in SDGs. He particularly noted the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which often account for the majority of business activities at the national level.
The Forum saw participation of more than 1,000 government officials, entrepreneurs, representatives of international organizations, civil society and the academia, from over 90 countries. The participants urged stakeholders to foster the private sector as the main engine behind economic growth, structural change and innovation, and identified the pressing need to promote competitive micro, small and medium enterprises as the main driving force for empowerment of women and youth.
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