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

Asian Solidarity Economy Coalition

ASEC 2011 Quezon City Philippines D y International Federations

Asian Sponsorship Association

ASA 2014 Singapore Singapore D

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management


Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

AVPN 2011 Singapore Singapore F y International Federations

Asian Wealth Community


Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum

AWCF 1990 Quezon City Philippines F

Asian Women's Conference

S c Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi India G Human Rights Organizations

Asian-Pacific Regional Research and Training Centre for Integrated Fish Farming

IFFC 1978 Wuxi China E

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicaciones

ASIET 1982 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Abogados Laboralistas


Asociación Latinoamericana de Acuicultura

ALA 1977 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Managers Musicales

MMF Latam 2016 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Población

ALAP 2004 Rio de Janeiro Brazil D

Asociación Pan Americana de Bancos de Ojos

APABO 1985 Pouso Alegre Brazil F

Asociación para el Estudio de los Exilios y Migraciones Ibéricos Contemporaneos

AEMIC 1996 Madrid Spain G

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

ANDE 2009 Washington DC USA E y International Federations

Assist International

1990 Scotts Valley CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Associated General Contractors of America

AGC 1918 Arlington VA USA G

Associated Luxury Hotels International

ALHI 1986 Chicago IL USA N

Association Africa 21

Africa 21 Geneva Switzerland G

Association Caritative et Humanitaire des Ordres de Chevalerie

ACHOC Saint-Jean de Braye France J Humanitarian Organizations

Association de la migration africaine

MIGRAF Geneva Switzerland G

Association des banques populaires pour la coopération et le développement

ABPCD 1983 Paris France G

Association des femmes et des jeunes de la diaspora africaine pour le développement socio-éducatif et agricole de l'afrique

AFDEAA 2000 Dakar Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

Association Europe and Society

1985 F

Association Européenne des Jeunes Entrepreneurs

AEJE 2010 Strasbourg France D

Association européenne pour le droit bancaire et financier

AEDBF 1988 Brussels Belgium D

Association femmes d'Europe

1976 Brussels Belgium G v

Association for Agro-Industrial Development of the Sahel

1983 Vaux-en-Bugey France G

Association for Aid and Relief - Japan

AAR 1979 Tokyo Japan G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Business Communication

ABC 1937 Blacksburg VA USA G

Association for Childhood Education International

ACEI 1892 Washington DC USA G Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

Association for Comparative Economic Studies


Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development

ACORD 1970 Pearl River NY USA C

Association for Cultural Economics International

ACEI 1992 Oviedo Spain D v

Association for Evolutionary Economics

AFEE Lewisburg PA USA G

Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations

AHRMIO 2000 Versoix Switzerland D y International Federations

Association for Information and Image Management International

AIIM 1945 Silver Spring MD USA C

Association for Information Management

ASLIB 1924 Bingley UK F y International Federations

Association for Management Education and Development

AMED Dorchester UK G

Association for Modelling and Forecasting Economies in Transition


Association for Personnel Services Overseas

1985 The Hague Netherlands G y International Federations

Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society

APBREBES 2009 Lausanne Switzerland C y International Federations

Association for Population / Family Planning Libraries and Information Centers - International

APLIC International 1968 Research Triangle Park NC USA G v

Association for Public Economic Theory

APET 1999 Adelaide Australia E

Association for the Economic Relations with Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East

1980 Rome Italy N