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

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

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

BSTDB Thessaloniki Greece F g Banks, IGOs

Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Nigeria G f Foundations

Blessings International

BI 1981 Tulsa OK USA G

Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation

2017 N f Foundations

Bloomberg Philanthropies

New York NY USA G


Bluefields Nicaragua N

Blumont International

1998 Madison WI USA G

Boao Forum for Asia

BFA 2001 Beijing China E

BPW Europe - European Region of BPW International

1985 Brussels Belgium D Professional Bodies

Bread for the World Institute

BFW Institute 1975 Washington DC USA G j Institutes


1995 Walmer UK G

Bretton Woods Institutions

BWIs 1944 E g IGOs

Brooks World Poverty Institute

BWPI 2005 Manchester UK N j Institutes

Brotherhood of Dragons

BOD 2009 Vienna Austria G

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, International

1863 Cleveland OH USA G Trade and Labour Unions

Brothers of Charity

1807 Rome Italy R Religious Orders

Brothers of Mercy of Montabaur

1856 Rome Italy R Religious Orders

Brothers of Our Lady, Mother of Mercy

1844 Tilburg Netherlands R Religious Orders

Brothers of the Christian Schools

Christian Brothers 1684 Rome Italy R Religious Orders

Bruderhof Communities

1953 Rifton NY USA R Religious Orders


2004 Brussels Belgium G

Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine - East ASEAN Growth Area

BIMP-EAGA 1994 Kota Kinabalu Malaysia F g IGOs

Brussels International Banking Club

BIBC 1996 Brussels Belgium F Clubs

Budapest Process

1993 Vienna Austria E gy International Federations, IGOs

Buddhist Global Relief

BGR 2008 Carmel NY USA G

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Building Advisory Service and Information Network

BASIN 1988 Villefontaine France F y International Federations

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

Building Markets

2004 New York NY USA N Humanitarian Organizations

Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA 1907 Washington DC USA G

Building Service Contractors Association International

BSCAI 1965 Chicago IL USA G

Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development

BREAD 2002 Boston MA USA F v

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Burners Without Borders

BWB San Francisco CA USA G

Business Action for Africa

London UK F

Business Advisory Council

BAC 1996 Stockholm Sweden E

Business Africa

BUSINESSAFRICA 1986 Nairobi Kenya D

Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp

BACH 1989 El Cerrito CA USA N

Business and Economics Society International

B and ESI 1996 Worcester MA USA D

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G Human Rights Organizations