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

West African Management Development Institutes Network

WAMDEVIN 1987 Lagos Nigeria F

West African Monetary Zone

WAMZ 2000 Accra Ghana F g

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan Nigeria D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy

Western Business and Management Association

WBM 2002 Turlock CA USA N

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Western Economic Association International

WEA International 1922 Fountain Valley CA USA G

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g


Brussels Belgium D

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva Switzerland F y

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche

WIIW 1973 Vienna Austria G j

WikiRate Project

2013 F


1998 Sao Paulo Brazil F y

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WIRED International

Montara CA USA N

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women and Development Unit

WAND 1978 Bridgetown Barbados F

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Water Partnership

WfWP 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

WIEGO 1997 Manchester UK F y

Women in Law and Development in Africa-Afrique de l'Ouest

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women in Migration Network

WIMN 2012 E y

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women Working Worldwide

WWW 1983 Manchester UK G

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv Israel F

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

WomenStrong International



2013 Johannesburg South Africa F


2002 Vienna Austria F v