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 Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association

WR3A 2004 Middlebury VT USA N

World Sailing

1907 London UK B y

World Savings Banks Institute

WSBI 1994 Brussels Belgium F jy

World Servants

1986 Richfield MN USA G

World Shiology Forum

WSF 2017 Beijing China J

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia G

World Social Forum

WSF 2001 F y

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C t

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva Switzerland B gt

World Trade Point Federation

WTPF 2000 D t

World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises

WUSME 2010 San Marino San Marino C

World Urban Campaign

WUC Nairobi Kenya E

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

World Vision International

WVI 1950 London UK B

World Welfare Association

WWA 1991 Mananwala Pakistan G

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland Switzerland F f

World Wings International

WWI 1959 New York NY USA G

World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

WWIEA 2008 Seoul Korea Rep C

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide SA Australia N f

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce

WZCC 2000 Hinsdale IL USA F


1995 Scottsdale AZ USA N


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E


2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G


2011 Brussels Belgium G

WorldSkills Europe

Amsterdam Netherlands D y

WorldSkills International

WSI 1950 Amsterdam Netherlands B

Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies

WAEPA 1943 Falls Church VA USA N

Worldwide ERC

1964 Arlington VA USA N

Worldwide Orphans Foundation

WWO 1997 Maplewood NJ USA N f

Worldwide Support for Development

WSD Tokyo Japan G


1991 Bainbridge Island WA USA N

WOTRO Science for Global Development

1964 The Hague Netherlands G f

XBRL Europe

Brussels Belgium E y

XBRL International

1998 Clark NJ USA F

Y Care International

1984 London UK G


Richmond VIC Australia G

YOU Stiftung - Bildung für Kinder in Not

YOU Foundation 1992 Düsseldorf Germany G f

Young Americas Business Trust

YABT 1999 Washington DC USA G

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J

Young Entrepreneurs for Europe

YES for Europe 1988 Brussels Belgium D

YOUROPE - The European Festival Association

1998 Bonn Germany D

YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth and European Social Work

YES Forum 2002 Stuttgart Germany F

Youth Business International

YBI 1999 London UK G

Youth Express Network

Y-E-N 1993 Strasbourg France F

Youth For Public Transport

Y4PT 2009 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Belgium F

Youth for Technology Foundation

YTF 2000 Louisville KY USA G f

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G