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

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Law and Economics Association


Asian Licensing Association

Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis

2000 Singapore Singapore G

Asian Migrant Centre

AMC 1989 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body

AMCB 1996 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body

AMCB Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management

APFHRM 1968 Melbourne VIC Australia D

Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

AsiaDHRRA 1994 Quezon City Philippines E

Asian Peasant Coalition

APC 2003 Quezon City Philippines D

Asian Population and Development Association

APDA 1982 Tokyo Japan G

Asian Population Association

APA 2007 Nakhon Pathom Thailand D

Asian Productivity Organization

APO 1961 Tokyo Japan D g

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Japan D

Asian Regional Association for Home Economics

ARAHE 1983 Serdang Malaysia D

Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine


Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives

ARENA 1980 Seoul Korea Rep F

Asian Reinsurance Corporation

Asian Re 1979 Bangkok Thailand F eg

Asian Research Centre for Migration

ARCM 1987 Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Solidarity Economy Coalition

ASEC 2011 Quezon City Philippines D y

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

Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum

AWCF 1990 Quezon City Philippines F

Asian Women's Conference

S c

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi India G

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 Centroamericana para la Economia, la Salud y el Ambiente

ACEPESA 1991 Zapote Costa Rica G

Asociación Iberoamericana de las Tecnologias del Agua y Riego


Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicaciones

ASIET 1982 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Latino Americana de Teoria Económica

ALTE 2008 San Luis Potosí Mexico D

Asociación Latino-Iberoamericana de Gestión Tecnológica

ALTEC 1984 Lima Peru D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Abogados Laboralistas


Asociación Latinoamericana de Acuicultura

ALA 1977 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Desalación y Reúso del Agua


Asociación Latinoamericana de Economia de la Energia


Asociación Latinoamericana de Exportadores de Servicios

ALES Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo

ALIDE 1968 Lima Peru D y

Asociación Latinoamericana de Managers Musicales

MMF Latam 2016 J

Asociación Latinoamericana de Población

ALAP 2004 Rio de Janeiro Brazil J

Asociación Latinoamericana de Salud Ocupacional

ALSO Lima Peru D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo


Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociologia del Trabajo

ALAST 1993 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor

AMIGO Bilbao Spain D

Asociación Miraismo Internacional

AMI 2012 Geneva Switzerland E

Asociación Pan Americana de Bancos de Ojos

APABO 1985 Pouso Alegre Brazil F

Asociación Panamericana de Tecnólogos Médicos

APTM 1992 D