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 Type III

Association of Latin American Schools and Institutes of Economy

1953 Mexico City Mexico D

Association of Management and the International Association of Management

AoM/IAoM 1975 Chesapeake VA USA N

Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia

AMDISA 1988 Hyderabad India D

Association of MBAs

AMBA 1967 London UK F Alumni and Veterans

Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe

AMICE 2007 Brussels Belgium D

Association of National Development Finance Institutions in Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank

ADFIMI 1986 Istanbul Turkey E

Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the EU

1962 Brussels Belgium E

Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen

2002 Barcelona Spain D y Professional Bodies, International Federations

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 Nieuwegein Netherlands F

Association of School Business Officials International

ASBO International 1910 Reston VA USA N v Professional Bodies

Association of Southern European Economic Theorists

ASSET 1979 Bilbao Spain D

Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas

ASBA 1981 D

Association of Telecommunication Enterprises of the Andean Community

1974 Quito Ecuador D g IGOs

Association of Tertiary Education Management

ATEM 1976 Lidcombe Australia N Institutes

Association of the Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific

AESIEAP 1975 Nonthaburi Thailand D

Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas

ATFA 1995 G

Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin-America

1985 Caracas Venezuela E y International Federations

Association of University Technology Managers

AUTM 1974 Oakbrook Terrace IL USA G

Association of Volunteers for Programs of Economic and Social Development

1987 Rome Italy G

Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa

WOMESA 2007 Mombasa Kenya D

Association of World Economic Studies


Association ouvrière des compagnons du devoir du Tour de France

AOCDTF 1941 Paris France N

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Association pour la promotion de l'enseignement et de la recherche en aménagement et urbanisme

APERAU 1984 Brussels Belgium D

Associations and Conference Forum

AC Forum 2000 Rolle Switzerland F y International Federations

Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau

Bologna Italy G

Associazione New Humanity

Milan Italy N Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Ateliers sans frontières

2003 Bonneuil-sur-Marne France G

Atlantic Philanthropies

1990 New York NY USA G f

Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Atlas Network 1981 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

ATM Industry Association

ATMIA 1997 J

Auschwitz Foundation - Centre for Research and Documentation

1980 Brussels Belgium N f Foundations

Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

AARES 1957 Mitcham Australia N

Australasian Business Ethics Network

ABEN 2010 Newcastle upon Tyne UK N

Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association

ACKMA 1987 Mount Compass Australia N

Australasian Research Management Society

ARMS 1991 Adelaide Australia D

Australasian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society


Australasian Wildlife Management Society

AWMS 1988 Canberra Australia N

Australian Aid

1974 Barton Australia G g IGOs

Australian APEC Study Centre

1995 Melbourne Australia G

Australian Business Volunteers

ABV 1981 Canberra Australia G

Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office

ACMRO 1995 Canberra Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific

AFAP 1968 Crows Nest Australia G f Foundations

Australian Relief and Mercy Services

ARMS Wollongong Australia G

Automotive Recyclers Association

ARA 1943 Manassas VA USA N

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

Avenir pour l'Enfant des Rizières

AER 1979 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations


1961 Fitzroy Australia G

AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center

1971 Tainan Taiwan E g IGOs