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

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science

WIARS N j

World Institute for Disaster Risk Management

DRM Alexandria VA USA G j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation

WIEF Foundation 2006 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia J f

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f

World Labour Institute

WLI 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina G j

World Labour Zionist Movement

WLZM F

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Merit

Liverpool UK J

World Mining Congress

WMC 1958 Katowice Poland C y

World Missing Children Organization

WMCO Sliedrecht Netherlands N

World Missionary Evangelism

WME 1958 Dallas TX USA F

World Movement of Christian Workers

WMCW 1961 Brussels Belgium C

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers

WIN 2012 New York NY USA E

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Barcelona Spain B

World Organization of Workers

WOW 1921 Brussels Belgium B

World Partners

Virginia Beach VA USA G

World Peace and Economic Development Organization, Bangladesh

WPEDO Dhaka Bangladesh G

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen SG Switzerland E y

World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association

WR3A 2004 Middlebury VT USA N

World Savings Banks Institute

WSBI 1994 Brussels Belgium F jy

World Servants

1986 Richfield MN USA G

World Social Forum

WSF 2001 F y

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Trade Point Federation

WTPF 2000 D

World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises

WUSME 2010 San Marino San Marino C

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 VD Switzerland F f

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 SA Australia N f

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce

WZCC 2000 Hinsdale IL USA F

WorldatWork

1995 Scottsdale AZ USA N

WorldFish Center

1975 Bayan Lepas Penang Malaysia E

WorldGranny

2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G

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