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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and their role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Publication Year: 2020 Publisher: UN-DESA

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This report aims to demonstrate the relevance, roles and contributions of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It examines the roles of MSMEs in each of the SDGs, as well as MSMEs in economic activities related to creating employment, incomes and livelihood opportunities, particularly for the poor and marginalized groups. Through detailed analysis, the report establishes linkages between MSMEs and their contributions to all seventeen goals.

This paper was prepared under the project ‘Enhancing National Capacities for Unleashing Full Potentials of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries’, supported by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund of the UN Peace and Development Fund (UNPDF), of which the People’s Republic of China is a major contributor.