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

Arab Centre for Human Resources Development

1975 K g IGOs

Arab Centre for Labour Administration and Employment

ACLAE 1993 Tunis Tunisia G Institutes

Arab Centre for Social Insurance, Khartoum

1980 Khartoum Sudan K g Institutes, IGOs

Arab Committee on Banking Supervision

ACBS 1991 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates E gy International Federations, IGOs

Arab Company for Detergent Chemicals

ARADET 1981 Baghdad Iraq K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Company for Drug Industries and Medical Appliances

ACDIMA 1976 Amman Jordan F eg Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Company for Livestock Development

ACOLID 1974 Damascus Syrian AR F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Cooperative Union

1981 Giza Egypt D

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libyan AJ K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Economic and Social Council

AESC 1950 Cairo Egypt E g IGOs

Arab Engineering Industries Company

AEICO Al Ramtha Jordan F eg Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D g IGOs

Arab Federation of Shipping

AFS 1979 Beirut Lebanon F g IGOs

Arab Fisheries Company

AFC 1978 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Forum for Alternatives

AFA G

Arab Forum for Young Entrepreneur Associations

AFYE Tunis Tunisia F

Arab Foundations Forum

AFF 2006 Amman Jordan F y International Federations

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

AFESD 1968 Kuwait Kuwait F gf Funds, IGOs

Arab Geophysical Exploration Services Company

AGESCO 1984 Tripoli Libyan AJ F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F gf United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

Arab Institute for Labour Education and Research

1974 Algiers Algeria E j Institutes

Arab Institute of Business Managers

1984 Tunis Tunisia E j Institutes

Arab International Bank

AIB 1974 Cairo Egypt F ge Corporations, Companies, Banks, IGOs

Arab International Society for Management Technology

AIMICT 1990 Amman Jordan D

Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation

DHAMAN 1974 Safat Kuwait F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Investment Company

TAIC 1974 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Labour Organization

ALO 1965 Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company

AMPTC 1972 Safat Kuwait K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Mining Company

ARMICO 1975 Amman Jordan F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Monetary Fund

AMF 1976 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates F gf Funds, IGOs

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

APICORP 1975 Dammam Saudi Arabia F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Petroleum Services Company

APSCO 1975 Tripoli Libyan AJ K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Planning Institute

API 1972 Safat Kuwait E gj Institutes, IGOs

Arab Potash Company

APC 1956 Amman Jordan F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Resource Collective

ARC 1988 Beirut Lebanon G

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company

ASRY 1974 Hidd Bahrain K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Union for Economy and Business Forum

J

Arab Union for Small Enterprises

AUSE 2004 Giza Egypt D

Arab Well Logging Company

AWLCO 1983 Safat Kuwait K eg Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

Arab Women Organization

AW0 Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Arabian Aquaculture Society

Alexandria Egypt D

Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

ASHRM 1991 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Arbeiterwohlfahrt International

AWO International 1998 Berlin Germany G Trade and Labour Unions

Arctic Vocational Foundation

1991 Øvertorneå Sweden F f Foundations

Argidius Foundation

Zug Switzerland G f Foundations

ARMA International

1955 Overland Park KS USA G Professional Bodies

Armenian Relief Society

ARS 1910 Watertown MA USA E Humanitarian Organizations

Arrangement Respecting the Chinese Import Tariffs

1902 T g Treaties, IGOs

ARTDO Asia-Pacific Human Resources Development Centre

Manila Philippines E

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