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

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

Staff Council of the African Development Bank

1989 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E v

Staff Union of the International Labour Office

E v

Staff Union of the International Training Centre of the ILO

ITCILO Staff Union Turin TO Italy G v

Staff Union of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Staff Union-ESCWA 1975 Beirut Beirut Lebanon E v

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y

STAND International

2007 Edinburgh UK G

Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council

GSO 2001 Riyadh Saudi Arabia D g

Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation

COMCEC 1981 Ankara Ankara Turkey E g

Standing Voice

London UK G

Starr International Foundation

SIF 2006 Zug ZG Switzerland G f

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries

SESRIC Ankara Ankara Turkey E g

Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards

CTCS Geneva GE Switzerland E g

STEPS Centre

Falmer UK G

Stichting Gered Gereedschap

1982 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen

SOMO 1973 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stiftung Mercator

1996 Essen Germany G f

Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics

SITE 1989 Stockholm Sweden N j

Strategic Account Management Association

SAMA 1964 Chicago IL USA G

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

SAICM 2006 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Strategic Management Society

SMS 1981 Chicago IL USA C v

Street Medicine Institute

SMI 2009 Ingomar PA USA N

Strømme Foundation

SF 1976 Kristiansand Norway G f

Students Helping Street Kids International

SHSKI 1997 Spencerville MD USA G

Study and Research Group on Democracy, Economic and Social Development in Africa

GERDDES-Africa 1990 Cotonou Benin F

Study Group on International Labor and Working Class History

SGILWCH 1972 New York NY USA G

STUF United Fund

2009 Flushing NY USA G f

Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission

SRFC 1985 Dakar Senegal E g

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

SUBMARINER Network Berlin Germany F


2011 New York NY USA G

Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines

STICERD 1978 London UK N

Suore di Gesù Redentore

1863 Fonte Nuova PE Italy R

Supplementary Agreement to the Application of the European Convention on Social Security

1972 Strasbourg France T g