As the world is slowly climbing out of the COVID-19 crisis, evidence and support are gathering for recovery strategies that align the economy with enhanced public health for people and nature. By now, the world is seeing glimpses of what a new, inclusive and resilient economy might look like. However, one year from the onset of the pandemic, recovery spending has fallen short of nations’ commitments to build back more sustainably, only 18.0% of announced recovery spending can be considered ‘green.’ We need to call for governments to invest more sustainably and tackle inequalities as they stimulate growth, which must include support to MSMEs.
This event will look at Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) contributions to the SDGs. It will present research, tools and experiences that can contribute to “building forward better”, highlighting the experiences gained within the GO4SDGs initiative. Partner organizations will showcase inspirational and concrete solutions that contribute to green recovery and an SDG-proof world. The event will contextualize the role and challenges of MSMEs in a green recovery, to then allow for a showcase and exchange on current MSME tools, insights and learnings. It will also mark the announcing of the 2021 SEED awards for eco-inclusive enterprises, celebrating their innovations and contributions to the SDGs.