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

African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

AFRACA 1977 Nairobi Kenya D

African Securities Exchanges Association

ASEA 1993 Nairobi Kenya D y

African Sex Workers Alliance

ASWA 2009 D

African Solutions to African Problems

ASAP 2003 Cape Town South Africa G

African Sport Management Association

ASMA 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African Tax Administration Forum

ATAF 2009 Pretoria South Africa F

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance

AVPA J

African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Edo Nigeria G

African Women's Economic Policy Network

AWEPON Kampala Uganda D

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

African Youth in Philanthropy Network

AYPN 2015 Kenyasi Ghana F

AfriCaribe Microenterprise Network

AMEN 1997 Philadelphia PA USA G

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Cairo Egypt N

AfroPresencia

Brooklyn NY USA F

AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

1948 Rome RM Italy E g

Aga Khan Development Network

AKDN 1967 Geneva GE Switzerland F

Aga Khan Foundation

AKF 1967 F f

Agence française pour le développement international des entreprises

Paris France G

Agence internationale pour le développement durable et l'économie sociale

AIDDES 2005 Paris France N

Agency for European Integration and Economic Development

AEI 2003 Vienna Austria G g

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

1975 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Labour Market

1954 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Nordic Labour Market

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Dentists

1966 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Nurses

1968 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Pharmacists

1969 T g

Agreement Concerning a Common Scandinavian Labour Market for Physicians

1965 T g

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

1982 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Marine Fishing

1962 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperative Research in Reactor Science

1970 T g

Agreement Concerning Economic Development

1952 T g

Agreement Concerning Manned Lightships Not on Their Stations

1930 T g

Agreement Concerning Population Registration

1968 T g

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

1975 T g

Agreement Concerning the Conditions of Employment of Rhine Boatmen

1954 T g

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1957

1957 T g

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1964

1964 T g

Agreement Concerning the International Savings Bank Service, 1969

1969 T g

Agreement Concerning the Legal Status of Staff Employed in Nordic Institutions

1974 T g

Agreement Concerning the Preparation of a Transit Card for Emigrants

1929 T g

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1950

1950 T g

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1961

1961 T g

Agreement Concerning the Social Security of Rhine Boatmen, 1979

1979 T g

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

1956 T g

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

1967 T g

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

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

Agreement for the Promotion of Commercial Exchanges

1937 T g

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

1970 T g

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