Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum: “Achieving the SDGS [Sustainable Development Goals] through Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, in Manama, Bahrain, today:
Your Royal Highness, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to greet the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum. More than 20 years ago, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization established its first Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Manama.
Over the years, the so-called Bahrain model has created more than 16,000 jobs and raised more than $2 billion in investment. Today, in 52 countries, it continues to advance entrepreneurship and change lives for the better.
I commend you for focusing this year’s forum on the Sustainable Development Goals. Inclusive and sustainable industrial development will continue to be a key driver of progress as we support Member States in this essential work.
Thank you for your leadership and support. The United Nations will remain your close partner. Please accept my best wishes for a successful forum.