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MSMEs: Key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery

Mon 28 Jun 2021, 8.00 am




MSMEs: Key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery

The United Nations General Assembly designated 27 June as Micro,-Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (A/RES/71/279) in order to recognize the contribution that micro-, small and medium businesses have made to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) account for 90% of businesses, 60-70% of employment, and 50% of GDP worldwide. On MSME Day 2021, almost 18 months after the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, most countries are still grappling with the pandemic and its severe health and socio-economic impacts, including lockdowns and the need to support those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods. The pandemic recovery efforts are being presented as an opportunity to “rebuild better”, particularly by prioritizing sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness. 

This virtual MSME Day event will be organized on 28 June 8.00am to 10.30 am, EDT. Following the theme  ‘Achieving the SDGs, and an economy that is greener and fairer, requires resilient and flourishing MSMEs everywhere’, the event aims to explore how to ensure MSMEs – the bedrock of our societies - are equipped to ensure a fast, equitable and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery, empowered to drive the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and supported to spur innovation, creativity and decent work for all. The event is jointly organized by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the International Council for Small Business (ISCB), the International Trade Center (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP). Please register here for the event hosted on ZOOM.

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