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

The Asfari Foundation

2006 London UK G f

The BulLion Foundation

2013 Fort Lee NJ USA G

The Century Foundation

1919 New York NY USA G f

The Conference Board

1916 New York NY USA G

The Conference Board in Europe

1978 Brussels Belgium E

The Family Business Network Asia

FBN Asia Singapore Singapore K

The Family Business Network International

FBN-I 1989 Lausanne VD Switzerland F y

The Federation of International Employers

FedEE 1988 London UK F

The Forgotten International

TFI 2007 San Francisco CA USA G

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

THP Foundation 2000 The Hague Netherlands F f

The Indus Entrepreneurs

TiE Global 1992 Sunnyvale CA USA N

The International Alliance for Women

TIAW 1980 Washington DC USA F

The Intrepid Foundation

2002 Melbourne VIC Australia J f

The Management Centre of the Mediterranean

MC 2001 Nicosia Cyprus G

The Marine Ingredients Organisation

IFFO 1959 London UK D

The Mission to Seafarers

1856 London UK G

The Network Forum

TNF London UK J

The Rockefeller Foundation

1913 New York NY USA F f

The Voice of the Martyrs

VOM 1969 Bartlesville OK USA F

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third Protocol to the Central American Agreement on Fiscal Incentives to Industrial Development

1977 T g

Third Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration to Guarantee Free Trade in Paper and Glass Containers

1966 T g

Third World Center for Water Management

1999 Mexico City CDMX Mexico G

Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies

TWF 1978 Croydon UK F f

Third World Relief Fund

Brussels Belgium G fv

Thunderbird - The Garvin School of International Management

1946 Glendale AZ USA G

TIME Association

1989 Gif-sur-Yvette France F

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Toastmasters International

TI 1924 Mission Viejo CA USA C

Toilet Board Coalition

TBC 2014 Geneva GE Switzerland C

Tony Elumelu Foundation

TEF 2010 Lagos Lagos Nigeria J f

Tools for Self Reliance

1978 Southampton UK G

Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the SAfety of Fishing Vessels

SFV PROT 1993 1993 London UK T g

Tostan International

1991 Dakar Senegal F

Trade and Development Bank

TDB 1983 Réduit Mauritius F g

Trade Expansion and Economic Cooperation Agreement between India, Egypt and Yugoslavia

Tripartite Agreement 1967 T g

Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

TUAC 1948 Paris France E

Trade Union Eurocontrol Maastricht

TUEM Beek Netherlands K

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

TUI CHEMISTRY-ENERGY B y

Trade Union International of Mining, Metallurgy and Metal

TUI Metal J

Trade Union International of Workers in Geology, Geodesy and Cartography

Moscow Moskva Russia D

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 Unions International of Public and Allied Employees

1949 B

Trade Unions International of Transport, Fisheries and Communication

TUI Transport 1953 B

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

1949 Nicosia Cyprus B y

Traditional Textile Arts Society of South East Asia

TTASSEA 2009 Jakarta Indonesia D

Traidlinks

2006 Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland G

Training Centre for Regional Integration

1993 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay E g

Traité de Sécurité Collective de la CEI

Traité de Tachkent 1992 T g

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