By leveraging their ingenuity and creativity to harness new market opportunities, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises can lead the way towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a senior United Nations official said today in remarks to a high-level meeting on the issue.
“These enterprises are among the world’s most powerful job creators, drivers of productivity, and agents of growth globally. We simply cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without the support and leadership from such enterprises worldwide,” the UN Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, said in a statement.
By designating 27 June as the annual Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, the UN General Assembly has recognized the importance of these enterprises in achieving the SDGs – especially by promoting innovation, creativity and decent work for all (SDG 8), she continued.
Her remarks were a part of the first-ever Small Business Knowledge Summit held at UN Headquarters in New York, co-organized by Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, the International Council for Small Business and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOPS).
The event’s keynote speaker, Linda McMahon, Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, was expected to be joined by government ministers and representatives, and the world’s foremost industry and academic experts to share expertise and analyze the latest entrepreneurial trends. The discussions tackled the global challenge of creating jobs and empowering small businesses.