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

Baltic Management Foundation

BMF 1992 Kaunas Lithuania F f Foundations

Baltic Management Institute

BMI 1999 Vilnius Lithuania D j Institutes

Baltic Nest Institute

BNI 2007 Stockholm Sweden E j Institutes

Baltic Sea Advisory Council

BSAC 2006 Copenhagen Denmark E y International Federations

Baltic Sea Forum

1992 Hamburg Germany F y International Federations

Baltic Sea Trade Union Network

BASTUN 1999 Stockholm Sweden F

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior

BLADEX 1977 Panama Panama F e Corporations, Companies, Banks

Band Aid Charitable Trust

1985 London UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Bank for International Settlements

BIS 1930 Basel Switzerland F g Banks, IGOs

Bank Information Center

BIC 1987 Washington DC USA G

Bank of the Central African States

1972 Yaoundé Cameroon F g Banks, IGOs

Bank of the South

2007 J g Banks, IGOs

Bankers Association for Finance and Trade

BAFT 2010 Washington DC USA C

Banking Association for Central and Eastern Europe

BACEE 1996 Budapest Hungary D

Banking With the Poor Network

BWTP Network Brisbane Australia F

BankTrack

Nijmegen Netherlands F fy International Federations, Foundations

Baptist World Aid

BWAid 1920 Falls Church VA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

Baring Foundation

1969 London UK G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

BCBS 1974 Basel Switzerland E

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 New York NY USA F

Batey Relief Alliance

BRA 1997 Brooklyn NY USA G

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

BIMSTEC 1997 Dhaka Bangladesh F g IGOs

Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization

BOBP-IGO 2003 Chennai India E g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Beijer Institute - International Institute of Ecological Economics

1977 Stockholm Sweden G j Institutes

Belgian Corporation for International Investment

1971 Brussels Belgium G e Corporations, Companies

Belgian-Luxembourg Economic Union

BLEU 1921 Luxembourg Luxembourg F gb IGOs

Bellanet Alliance of Social Entrepreneurs

BASE 1995 Kampala Uganda E

BEMA - The Baking Industry Suppliers Association

1918 Overland Park KS USA G Professional Bodies

Bénédictines Adoratrices de Bellemagny

1851 Bellemagny France R Religious Orders

Benelux Association for Energy Economics

BAEE 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands E v

Benelux conventie inzake grensoverschrijdende samenwerking tussen territoriale samenwerkingsverbanden of autoriteiten

1986 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, IGOs

Benelux Council

Brussels Belgium K g IGOs

Benelux Union

1958 Brussels Belgium D g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

BERAS International Foundation

2015 Järna Sweden F f Foundations

Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy

BRIE 1982 Berkeley CA USA N

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Council of Patrons

2002 Alexandria Egypt E g IGOs

BIFMA International

1973 Grand Rapids MI USA G

Bilderberg Meetings

1954 Paris France F c Conference Series

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 Venice Italy F y International Federations

BioMarine International Clusters Association

BICA Monaco Monaco J

Biovision Africa Trust

BvAT 2009 Nairobi Kenya G

Black Sea Advisory Council

BlSAC 2015 Varna Bulgaria E

Black Sea Economic Cooperation Centre for the Exchange of Statistical Data and Economic Information

BSECCESDEI 1993 Istanbul Turkey E g IGOs

Black Sea Economic Cooperation Free Trade Area

BSEC Free Trade Area 1997 J gp Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Black Sea Economic Cooperation Pact

1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

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