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 Organization of Workers

WOW 1921 Brussels Belgium B Trade and Labour Unions

World Partners

Virginia Beach VA USA G

World Peace and Economic Development Organization, Bangladesh

WPEDO Dhaka Bangladesh G

World Peace Service

1959 Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association

WR3A 2004 Middlebury VT USA N

World Savings Banks Institute

WSBI 1994 Brussels Belgium F jy International Federations, Institutes

World Servants

1986 Richfield MN USA G

World Social Forum

WSF 2001 F y International Federations

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C Institutes

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Trade Point Federation

WTPF 2000 D

World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises

WUSME 2010 San Marino San Marino C

World Unitors Organization

WUO Abomey-Calavi Benin J

World Urban Campaign

WUC Nairobi Kenya E

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

World Welfare Association

WWA 1991 Mananwala Pakistan G

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland Switzerland F f Funds, Funds

World Wings International

WWI 1959 New York NY USA G

World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

WWIEA 2008 Seoul Korea Rep C

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide Australia N f Foundations

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce

WZCC 2000 Hinsdale IL USA F


1995 Scottsdale AZ USA N

WorldFish Center

1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E


2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G


2011 Brussels Belgium G

WorldSkills Europe

Hazerswoude-Dorp Netherlands D y International Federations

WorldSkills International

WSI 1950 Amsterdam Netherlands B

Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies

WAEPA 1943 Falls Church VA USA N

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


1991 Bainbridge Island WA USA N

WOTRO Science for Global Development

1964 The Hague Netherlands G f Foundations


1910 Rome Italy C Trade and Labour Unions

XBRL Europe

Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

XBRL International

1998 Clark NJ USA F


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