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

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

Applied Services Economic Centre

ASEC 1985 Geneva Switzerland G

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

AQUA-AFRICA

2011 Omaha NE USA G

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Copper Hill VA USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 Burlington ON Canada C

Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences

AABFS 1988 Amman Jordan G Institutes

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G Human Rights Organizations

Arab Bank

1930 Amman Jordan F e Corporations, Companies, Banks

Arab Bank Centre for Scientific Research

ABCSR 1999 Amman Jordan K

Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa

1974 Khartoum Sudan F g Banks, IGOs

Arab Bankers Association

1980 London UK D

Arab Banking Corporation

ABC 1980 Manama Bahrain F ge Corporations, Companies, Banks, IGOs

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference

S c Conference Series

Arab Campaign for Education for All

ACEA 2009 Ramallah Palestine F

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 eg Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Company for Drug Industries and Medical Appliances

ACDIMA 1976 Amman Jordan F ge 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 fg 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

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