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

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 Comparative Economic Studies

ACES G

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 Personnel Services Overseas

1985 The Hague Netherlands G y International Federations

Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society

APBREBES 2009 J 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

Association for the International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works

AGICOA 1981 Geneva Switzerland D

Association for Women's Rights in Development

AWID 1982 Toronto ON Canada F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations

Association francophone de gestion des ressources humaines

ARGH 1989 Cergy-Pontoise France N

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G

Association ibéro-américaine des technologies de l'eau et de l'irrigation

2008 D

Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME

AIREPME 1996 Montpellier France D

Association Internationale des Acheteurs et Approvisionneurs Publics et Privés de la Santé

ASSIAPS 2008 Trois Rivières QC Canada D

Association Internationale des Charités

AIC 1617 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium F v

Association internationale Europe's 500

Growth Plus Brussels Belgium D v

Association maison chance

1993 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam F

Association nationale des directeurs et responsables des relations internationales et de la coopération décentralisée des collectivités territoriales

ARRICOD 1994 Paris France G

Association of ACP National Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Other Economic Operators

ACP Chambers 1981 Kingston Jamaica D

Association of AfricaFreeAid

AFA 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Association of African Business Schools

AABS 2005 Johannesburg South Africa D

Association of African Central Banks

AACB 1968 Dakar Senegal D gy International Federations, IGOs

Association of African Entrepreneurs

AAE Accra Ghana J

Association of African Managers and Partners of Roads

1995 Cotonou Benin D

Association of Alumni of the College of Europe

1951 Brussels Belgium E Alumni and Veterans

Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools

AAPBS 2004 Seoul Korea Rep D

Association of BRICS Business Schools

ABBS 2009 Bangalore India E

Association of Business Process Management Professionals International

ABPMP International St Paul MN USA G Professional Bodies

Association of Career Firms International

ACF International 1982 The Hague Netherlands F

Association of Caribbean Media Workers

ACM 2001 St Joseph Trinidad-Tobago D Trade and Labour Unions

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

ACFE 1988 Austin TX USA F

Association of Change Management Professionals

ACMP 2009 Oviedo FL USA D Professional Bodies

Association of Charity Lotteries in the European Union

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

1994 Brussels Belgium D y

Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers

ACARM 1984 Liverpool UK C

Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers

ACCIS 1990 Brussels Belgium D

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