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

Arctic Vocational Foundation

1991 Øvertorneå Sweden F f Foundations

Argidius Foundation

Zug Switzerland G f Foundations

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F Human Rights Organizations

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

ARTDO International

1974 Manila Philippines D

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

Arts Access International

2005 Waikanae New Zealand N

AscdiNatd

1994 Delray Beach FL USA D

ASCEND

1982 Holladay UT USA N Humanitarian Organizations

ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

AADMER 2005 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Bankers Association

ABA 1976 Singapore Singapore E Professional Bodies

ASEAN Business Forum

ABF 1991 Petaling Jaya Malaysia F

ASEAN Central Bank Forum

ACBF 1997 F g IGOs

ASEAN Confederation of Employers

ACE 1978 Samutprakarn Thailand E

ASEAN Constructors Federation

ACF 1985 Singapore Singapore E

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management

AHA Centre 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E g Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

ASEAN Council on Petroleum

ASCOPE 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g IGOs

ASEAN CSR Network

2011 Singapore Singapore F

ASEAN Federation of Electrical Engineering Contractors

AFEEC 1979 Quezon City Philippines E

ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations

AFMA 1984 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

ASEAN Finance Corporation

1981 F e Corporations, Companies

ASEAN Institute for Health Development

AIHD 1982 Nakhon Pathom Thailand E j Institutes

ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network

ASEAN-OSHNET 1996 Vientiane Laos F

ASEAN Rubber Business Council

ARBC 1992 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

ASEAN Social Security Association

ASSA 1998 D

ASEAN Trade Union Council

ATUC Quezon City Philippines E Trade and Labour Unions

ASEAN-EC Management Centre

Gadong Brunei Darussalam G

ASEED International Institute of Development Management Technology

AIDMAT Delhi India G jj Institutes

Ashinaga

1993 Tokyo Japan G

Ashoka - Innovators for the Public

1980 Arlington VA USA F

Asia Academy of Management

AAM 1997 Shatin Hong Kong D

Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF

AOA 1984 Tokyo Japan K

Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics

APCAS 1963 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission

APPPC 1955 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

ACSEP Singapore Singapore G

Asia Economic Community Foundation

AEC Foundation 2008 Incheon Korea Rep N f Foundations

Asia Europe Economic Forum

AEEF 2006 Brussels Belgium F c Conference Series

Asia Floor Wage Alliance

AFW Alliance 2007 Delhi India F y International Federations

Asia for Animals Coalition

AfA 2011 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D y International Federations

Asia Marketing Federation

AMF 1991 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Network of Organics Recycling

ANOR 2002 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health

AAAH 2005 Nonthaburi Thailand E g IGOs

Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management

A-PAD 2012 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Business School Librarians's Group

APBSLG Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

AFACT 1999 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep D

Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable

APEAR 2003 Singapore Singapore F

Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management

APFPM 2010 D

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