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

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

ECLAC 1948 Santiago Chile E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 Washington DC USA G f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Network on Migration

2018 Geneva Switzerland F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

UN-SPIDER 2006 Vienna Austria F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA 1967 New York NY USA F gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

United Nations Programme on Youth

1981 New York NY USA K g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv United Nations Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Networks of International Corporate Events Organizers

UNICEO Geneva Switzerland F

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G Humanitarian Organizations

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1911 Arlington VA USA N

United States/Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission

JCC 1993 Honolulu HI USA G g IGOs

United Way Worldwide

1974 Alexandria VA USA F

UnitedSuccess

J v

UnitingWorld

1977 Sydney Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

UCKG 1977 London UK F

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UniversalGiving

San Francisco CA USA G

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G

University of International Business and Economics

UIBE 1951 Beijing China G

University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent

1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan N

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

Unspoken Smiles Foundation

2014 New York NY USA G f Foundations

UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources

UNU-FLORES 2012 Dresden Germany K j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j Institutes

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F gf Foundations, IGOs

Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Delft Netherlands D

Urban Economics Association

UEA D

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Ursulines de Tildonk

1818 Brussels Belgium R Religious Orders

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1958 Arlington VA USA G

US Overseas Cooperative Development Council

OCDC 1961 Washington DC USA G

US-ASEAN Business Council

1983 Washington DC USA G

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G

Variety Clubs International

VCI 1927 Los Angeles CA USA N Clubs

Venture Intelligence Africa

VIA 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Vienna Economic Forum

VEF 2004 Vienna Austria F

Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies

1973 Vienna Austria G j Institutes

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 St Pölten Austria E y International Federations

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