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

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

Agreement on the Temporary Importation, Free of Duty, of Medical, Surgical and Laboratory Equipment for Use on Free Loan in Hospitals and other Medical Institutions for Purposes of Diagnosis or Treatment

1960 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding Decennial Liability and Insurance of Certain Architects and Contractors

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding Rules for Recognition of Contribution Periods and Periods of Employment in the Case of Persons Covered by Unemployment Insurance Who Remove from One Country to Another

1959 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding Rules for Recognition of Qualifying Periods and the Like in Connection with the Right of Persons Covered by Unemployment Insurance to Unemployment Benefits

1976 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Agreement Regarding the Regulation of Plaice and Flounder Fishing in the Baltic Sea

1929 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Relating to Economic Cooperation

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Relating to the International Convention for Regulating the Police of the North Sea Fisheries

1955 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Relating to the Naval and Air Bases Leased to the United States of America

1941 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement to Promote Compliance with the International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas

1993 Rome Italy T g FAO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement with a View to the Administrative and Technical Re-organization of the Southern Railway Company's System

1923 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreements Regarding the Regulation of Beef Imports into the United Kingdom

1939 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agricultural and Land and Water Use Commission for the Near East

ALAWUC Cairo Egypt E gy FAO Bodies, International Federations, IGOs

Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa

AEASA 1961 Pretoria South Africa N

Ahimsa Fund

Lyon France F f Funds, Foundations

Aid to Children Without Parents

ACWP 1988 San Jose CA USA N v Humanitarian Organizations

Aid to the Church in Need

1947 Königstein Germany F Humanitarian Organizations

Aide au développement international

ADI 1998 Liège Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

Aide et action France

1981 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations


1982 Dublin Ireland G


1949 Rotterdam Netherlands B

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA N Professional Bodies

Air Baltic Corporation

1995 Riga Latvia F e Corporations, Companies

Air Serv International

1984 Warrenton VA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Airports Council International

ACI 1991 Montréal QC Canada B y International Federations

AKASSA ONG Internationale

Gerardmer France K

Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies

AICIS 2007 Mariehamn Finland N j Institutes

Alfityanu Humanitaire International

AHI 2015 Luxembourg Luxembourg N Humanitarian Organizations

Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation

1960 New York NY USA G f Foundations

All Africa Baptist Fellowship

AABF 1982 Ibadan Nigeria E


Brussels Belgium D

All for Africa

New York NY USA N

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi India E Human Rights Organizations

Alliance for a Responsible Plural and Solidarity Economy

ALOE Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Affordable Internet

A4AI 2013 Washington DC USA E y International Federations

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Sustainability

1983 Minneapolis MN USA G

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of Management Schools in European Capitals

AMSEC Paris France F