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

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists


World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth


World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World Economic Development Congress

S c

World Economic Forum

WEF 1971 Cologny Switzerland F c

World Economic Processing Zones Association

WEPZA 1978 Deal UK F

World Economics Association

WEA 2011 Bristol UK C

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Egg Organisation


World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Eminence Chinese Business Association

WECBA 2005 The Hague Netherlands N

World Employment Confederation

WEC 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Employment Federation Europe

2005 Brussels Belgium D

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London UK B

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j

World Esports Consortium

WESCO 2016 Beijing China B y

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B yt

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL USA C y

World Federation of Development Financing Institutions

WFDFI 1979 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire C y

World Federation of Diamond Bourses

WFDB 1947 Antwerp Belgium D

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Exchanges

WFE 1961 London UK C

World Federation of People Management Associations

WFPMA 1976 Alexandria VA USA C y

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 2001 B

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna Austria C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A yt

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen Netherlands G f

World Fisheries Trust

WFT 1996 Victoria BC Canada G

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy G

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Forum of Fisher Peoples

WFFP 1997 F

World Franchise Council

WFC 1994 Brussels Belgium F

World Free Zone Convention


World Green Economy Organization

WGEO Dubai United Arab Emirates J g

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Health Risk Management Centre

WHRMC Tokyo Japan E

World Healthcare Forum Foundation

2012 The Hague Netherlands J f