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

Goal 8 is about promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

Multiple crises are placing the global economy under serious threat. Global real GDP per capita growth is forecast to slow down in 2023 and with ever increasing challenging economic conditions, more workers are turning to informal employment.

Globally, labour productivity has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality (particularly in terms of the gender pay gap), promote safe and secure working environments, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.

The global unemployment rate declined significantly in 2022, falling to 5.4 per cent from a peak of 6.6 per cent in 2020 as economies began recovering from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. This rate was lower than the pre-pandemic level of 5.5 per cent in 2019.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

1977 T g

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v

Turnaround Management Association - Europe

TMA Europe London UK E

Turnaround Management Association - Global

TMA Global 1988 Chicago IL USA G

Tutmonda Asocio de Konstruistoj Esperantistaj

TAKE 1993 Wintzenheim France F v

Twelve Gates Foundation

2018 Sunnyside NY USA G f


1910 Rome Italy C

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g

UN Millennium Campaign

2002 New York NY USA F

UN Nutrition

2020 Rome Italy E y

UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia

SPECA 1998 Geneva Switzerland E g

UN Women

2010 New York NY USA F g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y


1981 Kansas City KS USA G f

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods and Construction

1993 Vienna Austria T g

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services

1994 Vienna Austria T g

UNECA Staff Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia E v

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNESCO Fellowships Programme

1946 Paris France K g

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris France E v

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

UNESDA 1959 Brussels Belgium E t

UNFCU Foundation

2015 New York NY USA N f

UNGSII Foundation

Vienna Austria J f

UNHCR Global Staff Council

Geneva Switzerland E

UNI Global Union

2000 Nyon Switzerland B

UNI Global Union - Asia and Pacific Regional Office

UNI-Asia and Pacific 1973 Singapore Singapore E

UNI Global Union - Europa

UNI Europa 2000 Brussels Belgium E

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

TDR Geneva Switzerland F g

UNIDO Staff Union

1967 Vienna Austria 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 t

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 associations et organismes scientifiques et techniques

UATI 1950 Paris France A y

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 t

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