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

Trade Union Eurocontrol Maastricht

TUEM Beek Netherlands K Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Union International of Energy, Metal, Chemical, Oil and Allied Industries

TUI ENERGY 1998 Johannesburg South Africa B y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Union International of Mining, Metallurgy and Metal

TUI Metal J Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Union International of Workers in Geology, Geodesy and Cartography

Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland

1986 Helsinki Finland G

Trade Unions International of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Textile and Allied Industries

1996 Montreuil France B Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Unions International of Public and Allied Employees

1949 Kolkata India B Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

Trade Unions International of Transport, Fisheries and Communication

TUI Transport 1953 B Trade and Labour Unions

Trade Unions' Portuguese Speaking Countries Community

PSCC 1998 Lisbon Portugal E Trade and Labour Unions

Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials and Allied Industries

1949 Nicosia Cyprus B y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions


2006 Dublin Ireland G

Training Centre for Regional Integration

1993 Montevideo Uruguay E g European Union Bodies, IGOs

Trans European Law Firms Alliance

TELFA 1989 Brussels Belgium D

Trans-Atlantic Business Council

TABC 2013 Washington DC USA E


1998 London UK G

transform! europe

transform Vienna Austria E y International Federations

Transnationals Information Exchange

TIE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands G

TransWorld Development Initiatives

TWDI Brentwood MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Treaty Concerning the Regulation of Salmon Fishery in the Rhine River Basin

1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community

Abuja treaty 1991 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty for Collaboration in Economic, Social and Cultural Matters and for Collective Self-defence

Brussels Treaty 1948 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty of Economic Association

1960 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty of Joint Defence and Economic Cooperation between the Arab League States

1950 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union

TSCG 2012 T g Treaties, IGOs

Treaty on the Protection of Movable Property of Historic Value

1935 T g Treaties, IGOs

Trees for Life International

1984 Wichita KS USA G

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G Humanitarian Organizations


1997 Brussels Belgium G

Trickle Up Program

TUP 1979 New York NY USA F

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g IGOs

Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v Humanitarian Organizations

Turnaround Management Association - Europe

TMA Europe London UK E

Turnaround Management Association - Global

TMA Global 1988 Chicago IL USA G

Tutmonda Asocio de Konstruistoj Esperantistaj

TAKE 1993 Wintzenheim France F v Professional Bodies

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations, NATO Bod

UN Millennium Campaign

2002 New York NY USA F

UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia

SPECA 1998 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

UN Women

2010 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, International Federations


1981 Kansas City KS USA G f Foundations

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods and Construction

1993 Vienna Austria T g Treaties, IGOs

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services

1994 Vienna Austria T g Treaties, IGOs

UNECA Staff Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia E v Human Rights Organizations, Staff Associations

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNESCO Fellowships Programme

1946 Paris France K g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj Institutes, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris France E v UNESCO Bodies, Trade and Labour Unions, Staff Associations

UNFCU Foundation

2015 New York NY USA N f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

UNHCR Staff Council

Geneva Switzerland E Human Rights Organizations, Staff Associations