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

Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief

ACBAR 1988 G Humanitarian Organizations

Agency for European Integration and Economic Development

AEI 2003 Vienna Austria G g IGOs

Agreement Amending the Nordic Convention of 19 November 1934 Regarding Inheritance and the Settlement of the Devolution of Property

1975 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Labour Market

1954 T g Treaties, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Nordic Labour Market

1982 T g Treaties, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Dentists

1966 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Nurses

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Pharmacists

1969 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Physicians

1965 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement concerning co-operation between authorities and institutions in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for the labour market

1982 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Marine Fishing

1962 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Cooperative Research in Reactor Science

1970 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Economic Development

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Manned Lightships Not on Their Stations

1930 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Population Registration

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Sickness Benefits and Benefits in Respect of Pregnancy and Confinement

1975 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Conditions of Employment of Rhine Boatmen

1954 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1957

1957 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1964

1964 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1969

1969 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Legal Status and Privileges of International Specialized Organizations for Economic Cooperation

1966 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Legal Status of Staff Employed in Nordic Institutions

1974 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Preparation of a Transit Card for Emigrants

1929 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1950

1950 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1961

1961 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1979

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Transfers between Sick Funds and Sickness Benefits During Temporary Residence

1956 T g Funds, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Transfers of Persons Insured for Sickness Benefit and Concerning Sickness Benefit During Temporary Residence

1967 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and for the Encouragement of International Trade and Investment

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

1995 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges

1937 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Collaboration in the Development and Exploitation of the Gas Centrifuge Process for Producing Enriched Uranium

1970 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Cooperation among Air Traffic Companies

1965 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Cooperation in Monetary, Economic and Financial Matters

1960 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Cooperative Assistance to Kenya

1967 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation

1970 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Government Procurement

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

2009 T g FAO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Reciprocal Access to Fishing in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat

1966 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Simplification of Visa Procedures for the Businessmen of ECO Countries

1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Social Security

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Action Plan for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Common Zambezi River System

1987 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats

EUROBATS 1991 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Maritime Resources of the South Pacific

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Extension of Certain Measures Relating to Social Security

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Harmonisation of Fiscal Incentives to Industry

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials

1950 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Agreement on the Preparation of a Tripartite Environmental Management Programme for Lake Victoria

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

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