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

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi Delhi India E v

South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes

SANEI 1998 F

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment

SAWTEE 1994 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Asian Federation of Exchanges

SAFE 2000 D

South Asian Growth Quadrangle

SAGQ 1997 F g

South Asian Initiative on Disaster Migration

Duryog Nivaran 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

SANDEE 1999 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Asian Network of Economic Institutes

1998 Islamabad Pakistan G

South Asian Network on Economic Modeling

SANEM 2007 Dhaka Bangladesh F y

South Asian Perspectives Network Association

SAPNA Colombo Sri Lanka F

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre

SEACEN Centre 1967 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

South East Asian Network of Ergonomics Societies

SEANES 1984 Manila Philippines F v

South East Atlantic Fisheries Organization

SEAFO 1997 Swakopmund Namibia D g

South Pacific Fisheries Treaty

1987 T g

South Pacific Oceania Council of Trade Unions


South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

SPRFMO Wellington New Zealand D g

South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement


South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement, 1980

1980 T g

South Research

1984 Leuven Belgium G

South West Waters Advisory Council

SWWAC 2007 Lorient France E

Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network

SEED-Net 2001 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand K

Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment

SEARICE 1978 Quezon City Philippines E

Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

SEAFDEC 1967 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand E g

Southeast European Cooperative Initiative

SECI 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Southern Africa Trust

2005 Midrand South Africa G

Southern African Asset Management Association

SAAMA 1997 Centurion South Africa G

Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions

SACAU Centurion South Africa D

Southern African Defence and Security Management Network

SADSEM Wits South Africa D

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African International Conference on Environmental Management


Southern African Migration Programme

SAMP 1996 Waterloo ON Canada F

Southern African Political Economy Series Trust

SAPES Trust 1987 Harare Harare Zimbabwe F

Southern African Regional Poverty Network

SARPN 2001 Hatfield South Africa N

Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association

SARIMA 2002 Pretoria South Africa G

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management


Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council

SATUCC 1983 Gaborone Botswana E

Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters

SHAFFE Brussels Belgium D

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta

1099 Rome RM Italy R

Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

SMOTJ 1804 Lochgelly UK R

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute


SPACE Network

1989 Brussels Belgium D y

Spatial Econometrics Association


Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Special Convention Relative to Economic Matters

1918 T g

Spirit of Enterprise Group

1991 Brussels Belgium G

Sri Agathiar Sanmaarga Charitable Trust

Turaiyur Tamil Nadu India G

SSE International Forum

2004 Paris France F c

Staff Association of the OECD

Paris France E v