I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Ukraine and Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this statement.
At the outset, please allow me to commend the work of the facilitator, Ms. Anat Fisher Tsin from Israel, who has led the negotiations with great professionalism and spirit.
The Member States of the European Union have voted in favour on this resolution A/C.2/75/L.28 “Entrepreneurship for sustainable development”.
We reiterate the pivotal role of entrepreneurship and the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by creating jobs, driving economic growth and innovation, and improving social conditions. It is even more relevant now as we address socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and we need to focus on recovery measures to leave no one behind.
As mentioned in the SG report more than half of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises have suffered from severe revenue losses, and one third fear that they will be out of business within one month because of the pandemic. And among those in particularly vulnerable situations have been women and young entrepreneurs.
While we see many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, let us also reflect on the opportunities for building more resilient, green and inclusive entrepreneurship environments. Policies and strategies aimed at improving access to finance and market as well as innovative and sustainable solutions should be underlined in this respect.
We regret that this important resolution is being politicized by some delegations and that they call once again for a vote.
We encourage all delegations to engage constructively in the future and to jointly work on a consensus.