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

Asian Fisheries Society

AFS 1984 Serdang Malaysia D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development

AFPPD 1981 Bangkok Thailand F y International Federations

Asian Forum on Business Education

AFBE 1992 Bangkok Thailand F v

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIIB 2014 Beijing China F g Banks, IGOs

Asian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association

AIEA Tokyo Japan J

Asian Institute of Corporate Governance

AICG Seoul Korea Rep N j Institutes

Asian Institute of Management

AIM 1968 Manila Philippines E j Institutes

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j Institutes

Asian Law and Economics Association


Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis

2000 Singapore Singapore G Institutes

Asian Migrant Centre

AMC 1989 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body

AMCB 1996 Kowloon Hong Kong D Human Rights Organizations

Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body

AMCB Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management

APFHRM 1968 Melbourne Australia D

Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

AsiaDHRRA 1994 Quezon City Philippines E

Asian Peasant Coalition

APC 2003 Quezon City Philippines D

Asian Population and Development Association

APDA 1982 Tokyo Japan G

Asian Population Association

APA 2007 Nakhon Pathom Thailand D

Asian Productivity Organization

APO 1961 Tokyo Japan D g IGOs

Asian Regional Association for Home Economics

ARAHE 1983 Serdang Malaysia D

Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine

ARCCNM 2001 Seoul Korea Rep E

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives

ARENA 1980 Seoul Korea Rep F

Asian Reinsurance Corporation

Asian Re 1979 Bangkok Thailand F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Asian Research Centre for Migration

ARCM 1987 Bangkok Thailand G Institutes

Asian Solidarity Economy Coalition

ASEC 2011 Quezon City Philippines D y International Federations

Asian Sponsorship Association

ASA 2014 Singapore Singapore D

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management


Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

AVPN 2011 Singapore Singapore F y International Federations

Asian Wealth Community


Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum

AWCF 1990 Quezon City Philippines F

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian-Pacific Regional Research and Training Centre for Integrated Fish Farming

IFFC 1978 Wuxi China E

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicaciones

ASIET 1982 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Abogados Laboralistas


Asociación Latinoamericana de Acuicultura

ALA 1977 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Población

ALAP 2004 Rio de Janeiro Brazil D

Asociación Pan Americana de Bancos de Ojos

APABO 1985 Pouso Alegre Brazil F

Asociación para el Estudio de los Exilios y Migraciones Ibéricos Contemporaneos

AEMIC 1996 Madrid Spain G

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

ANDE 2009 Washington DC USA E y International Federations

Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern Churches

1968 Vatican City Vatican K y International Federations

Assist International

1990 Scotts Valley CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Associated General Contractors of America

AGC 1918 Arlington VA USA G

Associated Luxury Hotels International

ALHI 1986 Chicago IL USA N

Associated Research Centres for the Urban Underground Space

Detroit MI Canada E

Association Caritative et Humanitaire des Ordres de Chevalerie

ACHOC Saint-Jean de Braye France J Humanitarian Organizations

Association de la migration africaine

MIGRAF Geneva Switzerland G

Association des banques populaires pour la coopération et le développement

ABPCD 1983 Paris France G

Association des femmes et des jeunes de la diaspora africaine pour le développement socio-éducatif et agricole de l'afrique

AFDEAA 2000 Dakar Senegal G Human Rights Organizations