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 Type III

1% for the Planet

2002 Burlington VT USA G

2Build 4 Ward International Organization

2x4 International Sacramento CA USA F

3D - Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy

2003 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

50 Years Is Enough - US Network for Global Economic Justice

Washington DC USA G

A New Course

Bainbridge Island WA USA G

AACE International

1956 Morgantown WV USA F v

AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

1916 Tampa FL USA G y International Federations

ABANTU for Development

1991 Accra Ghana E

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Abu Dhabi Fund 1971 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G gf IGOs, Funds

Academia Iberoamericana de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social

AIADTSS 1972 E v

Academic Business Library Directors

ABLD Ithaca NY USA G v

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Coventry UK E y United Nations Bodies, International Federations

Academy of Business in Society

ABIS 2001 Brussels Belgium D

Academy of Human Resource Development


Academy of International Business

AIB 1959 East Lansing MI USA F v

Access Quality International

AQI Chiang Mai Thailand E

ACCION International

1961 Cambridge MA USA G

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

1993 T g IGOs, Treaties

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

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

1979 T g IGOs, Treaties

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions

AAOIFI 1990 Manama Bahrain D y International Federations

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

ACBSP Overland Park KS USA G


1997 Washington DC USA G

ACI - The Financial Markets Association

1955 Paris France F

ACP Business Forum

1998 F

Act for Peace

1948 Sydney Australia G

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

1963 T g IGOs, Treaties

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

1992 T g IGOs, Treaties

ACTEC - Association for Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation

1982 Brussels Belgium G

Acting for Life

1973 Le Bourget France G Humanitarian Organizations


2004 Washington DC USA F

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F Humanitarian Organizations

Action Children Aid

1966 Copenhagen Denmark G Humanitarian Organizations

Action from Ireland

Afri 1975 Dublin Ireland G

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

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g IGOs

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

SASP 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F g IGOs


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

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 Australia N

ADA Microfinance

Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Adara Development

1998 Edmonds WA USA F f Foundations

ADD International

Frome UK G Human Rights Organizations

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 IGOs, Treaties

Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protocol of San Salvador 1988 Washington DC USA T g IGOs, Human Rights Organizations, Treaties

Additional Protocol to the Convention Concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, Relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material

1954 T g IGOs, Treaties

Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter Providing for a System of Collective Complaints

1995 Strasbourg France T g IGOs, Treaties

Administrative Centre of Social Security for Rhine Boatmen

1950 Strasbourg France E g IGOs

Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization

ILO Tribunal 1946 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs, Staff Associations, UNESCO Bodies, ILO Bodies, WHO Bodies, FAO Bodies

Administrative Tribunal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

1991 Paris France F g IGOs