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

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 j Institutes


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 Business Trade Association

ABTA Singapore Singapore D

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 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

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


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 MSME Trade Coalition

AMTC Singapore Singapore E

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-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


Asia-Pacific Conference on Management and Business

APCMB 2013 S c

Asia-Pacific Economic Association

APEA 2003 Seattle WA USA D

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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