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 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 eg 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


Arab Union for Small Enterprises

AUSE 2004 D

Arab Well Logging Company

AWLCO 1983 Safat Kuwait K ge 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

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney Australia G f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

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


1994 Delray Beach FL USA D


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


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