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

Asociación Panamericana Nikkei

APN 1981 D

Asociación para el Estudio de los Exilios y Migraciones Ibéricos Contemporaneos

AEMIC 1996 Madrid Spain G

Asociación Regional de Empresas del Sector Petróleo, Gas y Biocombustibles en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

ARPEL 1965 Montevideo Uruguay D

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

ANDE 2009 Washington DC USA E y

Assembly of European Wine Regions

AREV 1988 Brussels Belgium F

Assist International

1990 Scotts Valley CA USA G

Associated General Contractors of America

AGC 1918 Arlington VA USA G

Associated Luxury Hotels International

ALHI 1986 Chicago IL USA N

Association Africa 21

Africa 21 Geneva Switzerland G

Association africaine des centrales d'achats de médicaments essentiels

ACAME 1996 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D

Association africaine des laboratoires du bâtiment et des travaux publics


Association Caritative et Humanitaire des Ordres de Chevalerie

ACHOC Saint-Jean-de-Braye France J

Association coopérative financière des fonctionnaires internationaux

AMFIE 1990 Luxembourg Luxembourg F

Association de la migration africaine

MIGRAF Geneva Switzerland G

Association des banques populaires pour la coopération et le développement

ABPCD 1983 Paris France G

Association des chambres de commerce et d'industrie européennes

EUROCHAMBRES 1958 Brussels Belgium E y

Association des collectivités textiles européennes

ACTE 1991 Terrassa Spain D

Association des femmes et des jeunes de la diaspora africaine pour le développement socio-éducatif et agricole de l'afrique

AFDEAA 2000 Dakar Senegal G

Association des gestionnaires et partenaires africains de la route

AGEPAR 1995 Cotonou Benin D

Association des organisations nationales d'entreprises de pêche de l'UE

EUROPECHE 1962 Brussels Belgium E

Association des organisations patronales interprofessionnelles des capitales européennes

OPCE 1989 Paris France D

Association Europe and Society

1985 F

Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques

AEAA 1947 Vienna Austria D v

Association Européenne des Cadres de l'Assurance

AECA 1980 Paris France D

Association Européenne des Institutions Paritaires de la Protection Sociale

AEIP 1996 Brussels Belgium D

Association Européenne des Jeunes Entrepreneurs

AEJE 2010 Strasbourg France D

Association européenne pour le droit bancaire et financier

AEDBF 1988 Brussels Belgium D

Association femmes d'Europe

1976 Brussels Belgium G v

Association for Aid and Relief - Japan

AAR 1979 Tokyo Japan G

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Business Communication

ABC 1937 Blacksburg VA USA G

Association for Comparative Economic Studies


Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development

ACORD 1970 Pearl River NY USA C

Association for Cultural Economics International

ACEI 1992 Oviedo Spain D v

Association for Dental Education in Europe

ADEE 1974 Dublin Ireland D

Association for Evolutionary Economics

AFEE Lewisburg PA USA G

Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations

AHRMIO 2000 Versoix Switzerland D y

Association for Intelligent Information Management

AIIM 1945 Silver Spring MD USA C

Association for Management Education and Development

AMED Dorchester UK G

Association for Modelling and Forecasting Economies in Transition


Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society

APBREBES 2009 Lausanne Switzerland C y

Association for Population / Family Planning Libraries and Information Centers - International

APLIC International 1968 Research Triangle Park NC USA G v

Association for Public Economic Theory

APET 1999 Adelaide SA Australia E

Association for the Economic Relations with Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East

1980 Rome Italy N

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

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association francophone de gestion des ressources humaines

ARGH 1989 Cergy-Pontoise France N

Association Francophone de Management International

Atlas AFMI 2008 N

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G