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

Worldwide ERC

1964 Arlington VA USA N

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

WINGS 1998 Sao Paulo Brazil F y International Federations

Worldwide Orphans Foundation

WWO 1997 Maplewood NJ USA N f Foundations

WORLDWISE

1991 Bainbridge Island WA USA N

WOTRO Science for Global Development

1964 The Hague Netherlands G f Foundations

WUCT-UMEC

1910 Rome Italy C Trade and Labour Unions

XBRL Europe

Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

XBRL International

1998 Clark NJ USA F

ygap

Richmond Australia G

Young Americas Business Trust

YABT 1999 Washington DC USA G

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J

Young Entrepreneurs for Europe

YES for Europe 1988 Brussels Belgium D

Young Entrepreneurs of the European Union

1994 Brussels Belgium E

YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth Business International

YBI 1999 London UK G

Youth Employment Network

YEN 2001 Geneva Switzerland E

Youth Express Network

YEN 1991 Strasbourg France F

Youth for Technology Foundation

YTF 2000 Louisville KY USA G f Foundations

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G

Youth of the Third World

1988 Madrid Spain G

Zangger Committee

ZC 1971 Vienna Austria E g IGOs

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

1992 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 C

ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

1990 Mannheim Germany G

Zgromadzenie Braci Slug Maryi Niepokalanej

1885 Nowe Miasto nad Pilica Poland R Religious Orders

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