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

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv Conference Series

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

2008 Oak Brook IL USA C

World Council for the Post and Telecommunications Profession

1982 Brussels Belgium K Professional Bodies, Trade and Labour Unions

World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 Charleston SC USA F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Nuclear Workers

WONUC 1997 D Trade and Labour Unions

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World Economic Development Congress

Waltham MA USA S c Conference Series

World Economic Forum

WEF 1971 Cologny Switzerland F c Conference Series

World Economic Processing Zones Association

WEPZA 1978 Deal UK F

World Economics Association

WEA 2011 Bristol UK C

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j Institutes

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Eminence Chinese Business Association

WECBA 2005 The Hague Netherlands N

World Employment Confederation

WEC 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Employment Confederation Latin America

Bogota Colombia D

World Employment Federation Europe

2005 Brussels Belgium D

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London UK B

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j Institutes

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands C y International Federations

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL USA C y International Federations

World Federation of Development Financing Institutions

WFDFI 1979 Istanbul Turkey C y International Federations

World Federation of Diamond Bourses

WFDB 1947 Antwerp Belgium D

World Federation of Exchanges

WFE 1961 London UK C

World Federation of People Management Associations

WFPMA 1976 Alexandria VA USA C y Professional Bodies, International Federations

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C Trade and Labour Unions

World Federation of Teachers' Unions

1946 Jalandhar India B y Professional Bodies, International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 1997 Oslo Norway D Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen Netherlands G f Foundations

World Fisheries Trust

WFT 1996 Victoria BC Canada G

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, FAO Bodies, IGOs

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y International Federations

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F Human Rights Organizations

World Forum of Fisher Peoples

WFFP 1997 Mowbray South Africa F

World Franchise Council

WFC 1994 Giza Egypt F

World Free Zone Convention

WFZC S c Conference Series

World Green Economy Organization

WGEO Dubai United Arab Emirates J g IGOs

World Health Risk Management Centre

WHRMC Tokyo Japan E

World Healthcare Forum Foundation

2012 The Hague Netherlands J f Foundations

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K gf Funds, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Hunger Year

WHY 1975 New York NY USA G

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH Bellingham WA USA G j Institutes

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