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

Asia Pacific Financial Services Association

APFinSA 1991 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Pacific Foreign Exchange Congress

FOREX Manila Philippines S c Conference Series

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney Australia F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

APF Canada 1984 Vancouver BC Canada G f Foundations

Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation

APFC 1998 Pasig City Philippines D

Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society

APIEMS 1999 Pohang Korea Rep D

Asia Pacific Institute of Business

APIB 1990 Shatin Hong Kong N j Institutes

Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants

APMM 1984 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asia Pacific Network on Integrated Plant Nutrient Management

APIPNM Bangkok Thailand D

Asia Pacific Socio-Economic Research Institute

APSERI 1995 Delhi India G j Institutes

Asia Pacific Workers Solidarity Link

APWSL Colombo Sri Lanka F

Asia Remote Health Committee

ARHC Kuala Lumpur Malaysia J

Asia Risk Management Institute

ARiMI 2003 Singapore Singapore G j Institutes

Asia-Europe Meeting

ASEM 1994 Singapore Singapore F cg Conference Series, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and and Philanthropy

APCSIP 2001 Hawthorn Australia G

Asia-Pacific CEO Association

APCEO C

Asia-Pacific Economic Association

APEA 2003 Seattle WA USA D

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

APEC 1989 Singapore Singapore C gy Intergovernmental Communities, International Federations, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC 1948 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

APFC 1949 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association

APMAA 2004 Toyama City Japan D

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

APFNet Beijing China E gy International Federations, IGOs

Asian Academy for Heritage Management

AAHM 2001 Bangkok Thailand E y International Federations

Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation

AOSEF 1982 Tokyo Japan D

Asian and Pacific Development Centre

APDC 1980 Aurora CO USA E gy International Federations, IGOs

Asian Association for Sport Management

AASM 2002 D

Asian Association of Business Incubation

2002 Shanghai China D

Asian Association of Career Management Professionals

AACMP 2001 Singapore Singapore D Professional Bodies

Asian Association of Management Organizations

AAMO 1960 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

Asian Bankers Association

ABA 1981 Taipei Taiwan E y International Federations

Asian Brotherhood of Clerical Workers

ABCW 1992 Karachi Pakistan D Trade and Labour Unions

Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research

ABFER Singapore Singapore D

Asian Center for Population and Community Development

ACPD 1978 Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability

2001 Mumbai India G

Asian Church Women's Conference

ACWC 1958 Taipei Taiwan F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Co-Benefits Partnership

ACP 2009 Hayama Japan F

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

ACHR 1988 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Consumer and Family Economics Association

ACFEA 1995 Fuzhou China D

Asian Corporate Governance Association

ACGA 1999 Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Asian Development Bank

ADB 1966 Manila Philippines F g Banks, IGOs

Asian Development Bank Institute

ADB Institute 1997 Tokyo Japan E gj Institutes, IGOs

Asian Development Bank Staff Association and Staff Council

1975 Manila Philippines E v Staff Associations

Asian Development Fund

ADF 1974 Manila Philippines F gf Funds, IGOs

Asian Domestic Workers Network

ADWN 2005 Bangkok Thailand E

Asian Domestic Workers' Union

ADWU 2007 J

Asian Economic Forum

AEF Palo Alto CA USA N

Asian Federation of Corporate Football

FAFCO J

Asian Financial Services Association

AFSA 1984 Jakarta Indonesia D

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

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