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 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

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France F fg

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Hunger Year

WHY 1975 New York NY USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Inspiring Network

WIN 2016 Accra Ghana G

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science


World Institute for Disaster Risk Management

DRM Alexandria VA USA G j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Coventry UK F

World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation

WIEF Foundation 2006 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F f

World Jewish Relief

1933 London UK F f

World Labour Institute

WLI 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina G j

World Labour Zionist Movement


World Leisure Organization

WLO 1952 Bilbao Spain B y

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Merit

Liverpool UK J

World Mining Congress

WMC 1958 Katowice Poland C y

World Missing Children Organization

WMCO Sliedrecht Netherlands N

World Missionary Evangelism

WME 1958 Dallas TX USA F

World Mountain People Association

WMPA 2001 Paris France C

World Movement of Christian Workers

WMCW 1961 Brussels Belgium C

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers

WIN 2012 New York NY USA E

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Spain B

World Organization of Workers

WOW 1921 Brussels Belgium B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Partners

Virginia Beach VA USA G

World PCO Alliance

2009 Tokyo Japan D

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G