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

United Nations Staff Union

1946 New York NY USA E v

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Nations World Peace Association

UNWPA 2019 Sapporo Japan G

United Networks of International Corporate Events Organizers

UNICEO Geneva Switzerland J

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1911 Arlington VA USA G

United States/Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission

JCC 1993 Honolulu HI USA G g

United Way Worldwide

1974 Alexandria VA USA F

UnitedSuccess

2008 J v

UnitingWorld

1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

UCKG 1977 London UK F

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

UniversalGiving

San Francisco CA USA G

Universidad CLAEH

1957 Montevideo Uruguay E v

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G

University of International Business and Economics

UIBE 1951 Beijing China G

University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent

1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan N

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

Unspoken Smiles Foundation

2014 New York NY USA G f

Unto

Plano TX USA G

UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources

UNU-FLORES 2012 Dresden Germany K j

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

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

Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe e.V.

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 Vienna Austria E y

Village Enterprise

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance

2014 Sumy Ukraine G

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 1987 Rome Italy F

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