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 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 Seoul Korea Rep 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 Acoustics Society

AFAS 2016 Hokkaido 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 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

AsLEA D

Asian Licensing Association

Kowloon Hong Kong G

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

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