Creating a Shared Future
For Entrepreneurs and Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
In the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

First Time Ever, the United Nations
Opened its Doors on Saturday to Hold a Special Event
Dedicated to Entrepreneurs and SMEs, in Partnership
with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

Saturday, May 12, 2018
The United Nations

United Nations HQ
 New York, NY USA

MSME FORUM

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ICSB Organized the Most Important and Historical Forum with Entrepreneurs from 5 Continents at the United Nations

12 May 2018, New York- The International Council for Small Business hosted a successful Forum with over 400 attendees at the United Nations this Saturday with entrepreneurs and SMEs in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The MSME Forum was centered on “Creating a Shared Future for Entrepreneurs and MSMEs in the Framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

During the opening ceremony, ICSB Executive Director, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, spoke about the history of ICSB and its mission to create a Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day at the United Nations. Throughout the event, the same message shined through each speech: The formation of guiding principals are crucial for the success of MSMEs at a time when the global workforce is transforming. 

“Women play an important role in the formation of MSMEs, yet much of their talent is untapped, often because of societal and economic barriers. Actively involving women could result in a positive and significant change in the establishment of SMEs. As I like to say, ‘No Women Left Behind'” – Dr. Geralyn Franklin, ICSB Incoming President 

“ICSB came to the United Nations to create a declaration: A declaration that would shine light on the importance of SMEs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”  – Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director 

“Small Business policy makers, Academic leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners heeded the global call from ICSB to gather today at the United Nations to support the need for guiding principles to help MSMEs.  ICSB is pleased to work with partners that recognize that MSMEs are crucial in enabling the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” – Winslow Sargeant, ICSB SVP of Partnerships

International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP),

Program

Highlights from the

2017 ICSB and UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT

May 11, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the crucial role Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution (A/71/279) designates June 27 as “Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day”. With support from ICSB, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN authored the resolution that was presented to and negotiated with all UN member states.
The resolution was co-sponsored by 54 member states, representing over 5 billion people. Since the adoption of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, all countries have been working for its implementation, which aims to ensure that every actor can contribute in the best possible way.
On May 11, 2017, ICSB held a Summit at the United Nations to commemorate the passage of the resolution. The summit examined MSMEs have the potential to make a long-lasting positive impact on global development needs, as the engine for economic growth and job creation, which is estimated to account for two out of three net new jobs created worldwide.

In atiendance of the ICSB 2017 ICSB Summit at the United Nations were as follows:

  • HE Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator, United States of America
  • HE Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina Republic
  • Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Dr. Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
  • Dr. Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ruben Ascua, Rector, National University of Rafaela, Argentina
  • Ms. Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
  • Ms. Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
  • Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean, St. John’s University
  • HE Mr. Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, The Netherlands
  • HE Mr. Martin García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
  • HE Mr. Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Dr. Luca Iandoli, President, International Council for Small Business
  • Mr. Michael Falk, General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Mr. Asheesh Advani, President, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Dr. Patrice Harris, Chairman of the Board, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director, Tatweer Misr
  • Mr. Harry Alford, President, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Caitlin Cain, President, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
  • HE Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator, United States of America
  • HE Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, Argentina Republic
  • Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
  • Dr. Patrick Leahy, President, Wilkes University
  • Dr. Joel Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ruben Ascua, Rector, National University of Rafaela, Argentina
  • Ms. Julie Goonewardene, Associate Vice Chancellor, The University of Texas System
  • Ms. Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
  • Dr. Katia Passerini, Dean, St. John’s University
  • HE Mr. Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, The Netherlands
  • HE Mr. Martin García Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations
  • HE Mr. Mohamed Erfan Gamaledin, Chairman of Administrative Control Authority, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Dr. Luca Iandoli, President, International Council for Small Business
  • Mr. Michael Falk, General Counsel, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Mr. Asheesh Advani, President, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Dr. Patrice Harris, Chairman of the Board, American Medical Association
  • Dr. Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director, Tatweer Misr
  • Mr. Harry Alford, President, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Caitlin Cain, President, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
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