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

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Political Economy

WAPE 2004 Shanghai China D

World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises

WASME 1980 Noida India B

World Association for Sport Management

WASM 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan B y International Federations

World Association for Supported Employment

WASE 1995 Willemstad Netherlands C

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y International Federations

World Association of Public Employment Services

WAPES 1989 Brussels Belgium C

World Association of Visioneers and Entreprenologists

WAVE 1991 Honolulu HI USA G

World Aviation MBA Association

WAMBA Hoofddorp Netherlands G

World Bank - Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

JFC 2005 E y International Federations

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E

World Bank Administrative Tribunal

WBAT 1980 Washington DC USA F g Staff Associations, IGOs

World Bank Group Staff Association

1972 Washington DC USA E v Staff Associations

World Bank Institute

WBI 1955 Washington DC USA E gj Institutes, IGOs

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON Canada B y International Federations

World Business Academy

1986 Santa Barbara CA USA F

World Business Angels Association

WBAA 2007 Brussels Belgium C y International Federations

World Business Associates

WBA 1979 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Business Institute

WBI 2000 Melbourne Australia N j Institutes

World Business Transformation Forum

WBTF 2003 Alphen aan den Rijn Netherlands G

World Cargo Alliance

WCA 1998 Las Vegas NV USA D

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Community Fund Against Hunger

1982 Gémeaux France F f Funds, Funds

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Confederation of Productivity Science

WCPS 1969 Montréal QC Canada C y International Federations

World Conference of Banking Institutes

S c Conference Series

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv Conference Series

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

WCMP 2008 Oak Brook IL USA C

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

World Council for the Post and Telecommunications Profession

1982 Brussels Belgium K Professional Bodies, Trade and Labour Unions

World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 Charleston SC USA F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Nuclear Workers

WONUC 1997 D Trade and Labour Unions

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World Economic Development Congress

Waltham MA USA S c Conference Series

World Economic Forum

WEF 1971 Cologny Switzerland F c Conference Series

World Economic Processing Zones Association

WEPZA 1978 Deal UK F

World Economics Association

WEA 2011 Bristol UK C

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j Institutes

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Eminence Chinese Business Association

WECBA 2005 The Hague Netherlands N

World Employment Confederation

WEC 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Employment Confederation Latin America

Bogota Colombia D

World Employment Federation Europe

2005 Brussels Belgium D

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London UK B

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j Institutes

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