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

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and and Philanthropy

APCSIP 2001 Hawthorn VIC 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

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC 1948 Bangkok Thailand E g

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

APFC 1949 Bangkok Thailand E g

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

Asia-Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition

APSWC 2006 Singapore Singapore D


Northwich UK G

Asian Academy for Heritage Management

AAHM 2001 Bangkok Thailand E y

Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics

AASLE 2017 J c

Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation

AOSEF 1982 Tokyo Japan D

Asian and Pacific Development Centre

APDC 1980 Aurora CO USA E gy

Asian Association for Sport Management

AASM 2002 Tokyo Japan D

Asian Association of Business Incubation

2002 Shanghai China D

Asian Association of Career Management Professionals

AACMP 2001 Singapore Singapore D t

Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics

AAERE 2010 Kyoto Japan D

Asian Association of Management Organizations

AAMO 1960 Delhi India D

Asian Bankers Association

ABA 1981 Taipei Taiwan E y

Asian Brotherhood of Clerical Workers

ABCW 1992 Karachi Pakistan D

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 F

Asian Co-Benefits Partnership

ACP 2009 Hayama Japan F

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

Asian Development Bank Institute

ADB Institute 1997 Tokyo Japan E gj

Asian Development Bank Staff Association and Staff Council

1975 Manila Philippines E v

Asian Development Fund

ADF 1974 Manila Philippines F fg

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


Asian Financial Services Association

AFSA 1984 Jakarta Indonesia D

Asian Fisheries Acoustics Society

AFAS 2007 Hakodate Japan D

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

Asian Fisheries Society

AFS 1984 Serdang Malaysia D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development

AFPPD 1981 Tokyo Japan F y

Asian Forum on Business Education

AFBE 1992 Fremantle WA Australia F v

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIIB 2014 Beijing China F g

Asian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association

AIEA Tokyo Japan J

Asian Institute of Corporate Governance

AICG Seoul Korea Rep N j

Asian Institute of Management

AIM 1968 Manila Philippines E j

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j