The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the OPORA Russia Committee on Women Entrepreneurship Development will hold an event on “Increasing the contribution of women to economic growth and prosperity: Creating an enabling environment” on 23 May.
The event is organized within the framework of St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)..
Women’s economic empowerment is a driving force
of economic development and growth, and as such it was firmly anchored in the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The joint UNIDO-OPORA event will provide a global
perspective on the prevalent challenges and solutions for scaling up successful
models of women’s economic empowerment.
The event will facilitate experience-sharing between
high-level government representatives and members of the international business
community, women entrepreneurship advocacy groups and business networks.
Three sessions will address fostering smart and
innovative business models through women’s economic empowerment; the
intersection of policy-making and business, and tools to empower
women-entrepreneurs to succeed in global markets. In addition, a separate
session on “Doing business with UNIDO” will be organized for the business
community attending the event.
Most importantly, the event is expected to
generate practice-oriented recommendations for harnessing the under-utilized
potential of women in economic development, in particular with the support of
international partners like UNIDO in cooperation with the private sector,
business associations and civil society.
The creation of a global women-leaders talent pool,
developing advanced e-learning platforms for women in business, as well as
coming up with concrete projects for capacity building of women in business are
all likely to be discussed.
SPIEF is one of the most prominent international events hosted by the Russian Federation. Every year, it gathers more than 14,000 participants from over 140 countries. SPIEF brings together heads of state, political leaders, chief executives of major international companies, and representatives of international organizations to discuss key economic issues.