Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day with global unemployment rates of 5.7% and having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Even though the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita worldwide is increasing year on year, there are still many countries in the developing world that are decelerating in their growth rates and moving farther from the 7% growth rate target set for 2030. As labor productivity decreases and unemployment rates rise, standards of living begin to decline due to lower wages.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population. There needs to be increased access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments. Increased commitments to trade, banking and agriculture infrastructure will also help increase productivity and reduce unemployment levels in the world’s most impoverished regions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

1% for the Planet

2002 Burlington VT USA G

2Build 4 Ward International Organization

2x4 International Sacramento CA USA F

3Strands Global Foundation

3SGF 2010 El Dorado Hills CA USA G f

50 Years Is Enough - US Network for Global Economic Justice

1994 Washington DC USA G

A New Course

Bainbridge Island WA USA G

AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

1916 Tampa FL USA G y

ABANTU for Development

1991 Accra Ghana E

ABC Global Alliance

2016 Lisbon Portugal E

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Abu Dhabi Fund 1971 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G fg

Academia de Centroamérica, San José

1969 San José Costa Rica G

Academia Iberoamericana de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social

AIADTSS 1972 E v

Academic Business Library Directors


Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 E y

Academy of Business in Society

ABIS 2001 Brussels Belgium D

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E

Academy of Human Resource Development


Academy of International Business

AIB 1959 East Lansing MI USA F v

Access Agriculture

2012 Brussels Belgium F

Access Quality International

AQI Chiang Mai Thailand E

ACCION International

1961 Washington DC USA G

Acción Sanitaria y Desarrollo Social

ANESVAD 1968 Bilbao Spain G

Accord Européen Concernant la Sécurité Sociale des Bateliers de la Navigation Intérieure

1993 T g

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y

Accord Relatif à L'importation de la Viande Bovine en Provenance du Groupe des Etats D'Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique

1979 T g

Accountancy Europe

1986 Brussels Belgium D

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions

AAOIFI 1990 Manama Bahrain D y

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

ACBSP Overland Park KS USA G


1997 Washington DC USA G

ACI Financial Markets Association

ACI FMA 1955 Paris France F

ACP Business Forum

1998 F

ACP Sugar Group

Brussels Belgium E g

Act for Peace

1948 Sydney NSW Australia G

Act Regarding Navigation and Economic Cooperation between the States of the Niger Basin

1963 T g

Acte de Clôture des Négociations sur les Effectifs des Forces Armées Conventionnelles en Europe

1992 T g

ACTEC - Association for Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation

1982 Brussels Belgium G

Acting for Life

AFL 1973 Le Bourget France G

Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances

1996 Phnom Penh Cambodia G


2004 Washington DC USA F

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F

Action on Poverty

AOP 1968 Crows Nest NSW Australia G f

Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Management of the South Asia Seas Region

SASP 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels Belgium G

Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives

AGENDA Monrovia Liberia F

Actions pour promouvoir le français des affaires

APFA 1984 Saint-Cyr-en-Val France N

ACUMA Incorporated

Killarney Heights NSW Australia N

ADA Microfinance

Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Adara Development

1998 Edmonds WA USA F f

ADD International

Frome UK G

Additional Protocol to the Agreement on the Temporary Importation, Free of Duty, of Medical, Surgical and Laboratory Equipment for Use on Free Loan in Hospitals and other Medical Institutions for Purposes of Diagnosis or Treatment

1983 Strasbourg France T g