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

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

Zangger Committee

ZC 1971 Vienna Austria E g

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

1992 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G f

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 J

ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

1990 Mannheim Germany G

ZOA

1973 Apeldoorn Netherlands G

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