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

Association for the International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works

AGICOA 1981 Geneva Switzerland D

Association for Women's Rights in Development

AWID 1982 Toronto ON Canada F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations

Association francophone de gestion des ressources humaines

ARGH 1989 Cergy-Pontoise France N

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G

Association ibéro-américaine des technologies de l'eau et de l'irrigation

2008 D

Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME

AIREPME 1996 Montpellier France D

Association Internationale des Acheteurs et Approvisionneurs Publics et Privés de la Santé

ASSIAPS 2008 Trois Rivières QC Canada D

Association Internationale des Charités

AIC 1617 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium F v

Association internationale Europe's 500

Growth Plus Brussels Belgium D v

Association latinoaméricaine d'institutions pour le financement du développement

1968 Lima Peru D y International Federations

Association maison chance

1993 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam F

Association nationale des directeurs et responsables des relations internationales et de la coopération décentralisée des collectivités territoriales

ARRICOD 1994 Paris France G

Association of ACP National Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Other Economic Operators

ACP Chambers 1981 Kingston Jamaica D

Association of AfricaFreeAid

AFA 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Association of African Business Schools

AABS 2005 Johannesburg South Africa D

Association of African Central Banks

AACB 1968 Dakar Senegal D gy International Federations, IGOs

Association of African Entrepreneurs

AAE 2003 Prampram Ghana D

Association of African Managers and Partners of Roads

1995 Cotonou Benin D

Association of Alumni of the College of Europe

1951 Brussels Belgium E Alumni and Veterans

Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools

AAPBS 2004 Seoul Korea Rep D

Association of BRICS Business Schools

ABBS 2009 Bangalore India E

Association of Business Process Management Professionals International

ABPMP International St Paul MN USA G Professional Bodies

Association of Career Firms International

ACF International 1982 The Hague Netherlands F

Association of Caribbean Media Workers

ACM 2001 St Joseph Trinidad-Tobago D Trade and Labour Unions

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

ACFE 1988 Austin TX USA F

Association of Change Management Professionals

ACMP 2009 Oviedo FL USA D Professional Bodies

Association of Charity Lotteries in the European Union

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+ 1994 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers

ACARM 1984 Liverpool UK C

Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers

ACCIS 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Cooperative Educators

ACE 1952 Victoria MN USA N

Association of Corporate Counsel

ACC 1982 Washington DC USA N

Association of Corporate Travel Executives

ACTE 1988 Alexandria VA USA G

Association of Corporate Treasurers

ACT 1979 London UK G v

Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific

ADFIAP 1976 Manila Philippines C y International Federations

Association of Development Financing Institutions in the Pacific

ADFIP 1986 Suva Fiji D y International Federations

Association of Diving Contractors International

ADC 1968 Houston TX USA G

Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region

ASECU 1996 Thessaloniki Greece D

Association of Enterprise Architects

AEA J

Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry

1958 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Association of European Conjuncture Institutes

1957 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium D

Association of European Economics Education

AEEE 1990 D

Association of European Migration Institutions

AEMI 1989 Ålborg Denmark D

Association of French-Language Countries Nationless Esperantist Workers

1937 Paris France D Trade and Labour Unions

Association of Fundraising Professionals

AFP 1960 Arlington VA USA G Professional Bodies

Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organizations

1995 Berlin Germany G y International Federations

Association of Imaging Producers and Equipment Suppliers

AIPES 1987 Brussels Belgium D

Association of International Wealth Management

AIWM 2007 Bülach Switzerland C

Association of Interprofessional Employers / Businessmen of European Capital Cities

1989 Paris France D Professional Bodies

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