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

UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

TDR Geneva Switzerland F g

UNIDO Staff Union

1967 E v

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

1984 Sydney NSW Australia G

Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises

UBAF 1970 Courbevoie France F e

Union des Conseils Economiques et Sociaux et Institutions Similaires Francophones


Union des travailleurs espérantistes des pays de langue française

SAT-AMIKARO 1937 Paris France D

Union économique de l'Afrique centrale

UEAC Yaoundé Cameroon E g

Union économique et monétaire Ouest africaine

UEMOA 1994 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g

Union Europäischer Gerüstbaubetriebe

UEG 2008 Cologne Germany D

Union européenne des syndicats médicaux et dentaires

Neuilly-sur-Marne France N

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels Belgium D


1959 Brussels Belgium D

Union for African Population Studies

UAPS 1984 Accra Ghana D v

Union for Sports, Culture, Tourism International for Posts and Telecommunications

Union SCIPT 1992 Marsa Malta E

Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hôtels "Les Clefs d'Or"

UICH 1952 Paris France F

Union internationale des entrepreneurs de peinture

UNIEP 1953 Brussels Belgium D

Union internationale des sociétés de transport combiné rail - route

UIRR 1970 Brussels Belgium F

Unión Latina de Economia Politica de la Información, la Comunicación ya la Cultura

ULEPICC 2002 Seville Spain D

Union nationale des maisons familiales rurales d'éducation et d'orientation

UNMFREO 1942 Paris France G

Union of Arab Banks

UAB 1972 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Black Sea and Caspian Business

BCB 2006 Istanbul Turkey D

Union of European Federation of Corporate Football


Union of Finance Personnel in Europe

1963 Berlin Germany D

Union of Local and Non Local General Service Staff FAO/WFP

1976 Rome Italy E v

Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises

BUSINESSMED 2002 Tunis Tunisia D

Union of Road Transport Associations in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Region

BSEC-URTA 2001 Istanbul Turkey D

Union Pétrolière Européenne Indépendante

UPEI 1962 Brussels Belgium D

Union syndicale du service public européen

1973 Brussels Belgium E

Union syndicale fédérale des services publics européens et internationaux

USFSPEI 1974 Brussels Belgium E y

Union syndicale internationale vasculaire

USIV 2006 Creil France J

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

Unistock Europe

1969 Brussels Belgium E

United Economic Space

UES 2003 J gp

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monte Carlo Monaco B

United Food and Commercial Workers Union

UFCW 1979 Washington DC USA G

United for Foreign Domestic Workers' Rights

UFDWR Chiang Mai Thailand F y

UNITED for Intercultural Action - European Network Against Nationalism, Racism, Fascism and in Support of Migrants and Refugees

UNITED 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR 1940 New York NY USA G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

1962 Dakar Senegal E gj

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Commission for Social Development

CSocD 1946 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Commission on Population and Development

CPD 1948 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management

UN-GGIM 2011 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

CESCR 1978 Geneva Switzerland E gv

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes

1988 Vienna Austria T g