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

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F fg

Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Delft Netherlands D

Urban Economics Association

UEA D

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Ursulines de Tildonk

1818 Brussels Belgium R

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1958 Arlington VA USA G

US Overseas Cooperative Development Council

OCDC 1961 Washington DC USA G

US-ASEAN Business Council

1983 Washington DC USA G

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G

Variety Clubs International

VCI 1927 Los Angeles CA USA N

Venture Intelligence Africa

VIA 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Verband Entwicklungspolitik deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen

VENRO 1995 Berlin Germany G y

Vereniging voor Personele Samenwerking met Ontwikkelingslanden

PSO 1985 The Hague Netherlands G y

Verra

2005 Washington DC USA F

VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Vienna Economic Forum

VEF 2004 Vienna Austria F

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 St Pölten Austria E y

Village Enterprise Fund

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance

2014 Sumy Sumy Ukraine G

VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

1999 London UK F y

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

VisionFund International

London UK E f

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1991 Rome RM Italy F

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome RM Italy G

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance

VEGA Washington DC USA G y

Wagon africain de gestion de nouvelles électroniques

Réseau WAGNE 1991 Yaoundé Cameroon K

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv

Water Reuse Europe

WRE Cranfield UK D

WaterAid

1981 London UK F

Waterlution

2003 Oakville ON Canada N

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Mean Business

Washington DC USA J y

Weather Risk Management Association

WRMA 1999 Washington DC USA C

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 N f

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