UN forum brings together governments and entrepreneurs for sustainable development

By agency reporter
October 30, 2017

More than one thousand business leaders, government officials and academics will converge at a United Nations forum tomorrow (31 October 2017) in Bahrain to strengthen global partnerships, entrepreneurship and investment for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“As our world gets more interconnected, no one country or region can meet development challenges on its own”, the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcák – who will be attending the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum – told UN News.

“The Forum offers a unique opportunity to promote entrepreneurship and innovation – both of which can help us build momentum to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, he added.

The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum takes place from 31 October to 2 November and is organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) It has the overarching theme of 'Achieving the SDGs through promoting entrepreneurship and innovation'.

The three day Forum also includes a number of key events on the Maritime-Continental Silk Road; investing for global impact; women in industry; private sector engagement for implementing SDGs; promoting inclusive investment in Africa; and forging partnerships between entrepreneurs.

It will focus on the role of female entrepreneurs, partnerships for development, and the implications for achieving the 2030 Agenda, in particular SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure. It will also recognise the contributions made by prominent women entrepreneurs from different parts of the world.

Linked to the World Forum, UNIDO organised a training on understanding links between gender equality and industrial development, and designing programmes and policies that promote women's economic empowerment.

It will also recognise the contributions made by prominent women entrepreneurs from different parts of the world.

Key issues and challenges identified at the training will feed into one of the Forum's plenary sessions, said Mr Hussein.

Also on the agenda for the Forum is the inauguration of the Bahrain Entrepreneurs Exhibition, launch of the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Entrepreneurs Alliance and Action Plan, and the unveiling of the Coding for Girls joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain, Microsoft and the Bahrain Supreme Council for Women.

*More about  the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development here

* United Nations http://www.un.org/en/index.html

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