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

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC 1997 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

UN-SPIDER 2006 Vienna Austria F g

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA 1967 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

UNRIC 2004 Brussels Belgium E g

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

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 Networks of International Corporate Events Organizers

UNICEO Geneva Switzerland J

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United Religions Initiative

URI 1993 San Francisco CA USA F

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

Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council

UNAccc 2021 Vadodara India G

Universal Association of Professional Colleges and Universities

UAPCU 2018 Manila Philippines G t

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

Universal Peace and Violence Amelioration Centre

UPVAC 2015 Jos Nigeria 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 the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D

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

UPEI - The voice of Europe's independent fuel suppliers

1962 Brussels Belgium D

Urban Climate Resilient Infrastructure & Strategic Planning

UCRISP San Francisco CA USA G

Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Stuttgart Germany 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

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