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

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g

Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

1977 T g

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v

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

Twelve Gates Foundation

2018 Sunnyside NY USA G f


1910 Rome Italy C

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 E g

UN Millennium Campaign

2002 New York NY USA F

UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia

SPECA 1998 Geneva Switzerland E g

UN Women

2010 New York NY USA F g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y


1981 Kansas City KS USA G f

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods and Construction

1993 Vienna Austria T g

UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services

1994 Vienna Austria T g

UNECA Staff Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia E v

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNESCO Fellowships Programme

1946 Paris France K g

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

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris France E v

UNFCU Foundation

2015 New York NY USA N f

UNHCR Staff Council

Geneva Switzerland E

UNI Global Union

2000 Nyon Switzerland B

UNI Global Union - Asia and Pacific Regional Office

UNI-Asia and Pacific 1973 Singapore Singapore E

UNI Global Union - Europa

UNI Europa 2000 Brussels Belgium E

UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

TDR Geneva Switzerland F g

UNIDO Staff Union

1967 E v

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

1984 Sydney NSW Australia G

Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises

UBAF 1970 Courbevoie France F e

Union des Conseils Economiques et Sociaux et Institutions Similaires Francophones


Union des travailleurs espérantistes des pays de langue française

SAT-AMIKARO 1937 Paris France D

Union économique de l'Afrique centrale

UEAC Yaoundé Cameroon E g

Union économique et monétaire Ouest africaine

UEMOA 1994 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g

Union Europäischer Gerüstbaubetriebe

UEG 2008 Cologne Germany D

Union européenne des syndicats médicaux et dentaires

Neuilly-sur-Marne France N

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels Belgium D

Union for African Population Studies

UAPS 1984 Accra Ghana D v

Union for Sports, Culture, Tourism International for Posts and Telecommunications

Union SCIPT 1992 Marsa Malta E

Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hôtels "Les Clefs d'Or"

UICH 1952 Paris France F

Union internationale des entrepreneurs de peinture

UNIEP 1953 Brussels Belgium D

Union internationale des sociétés de transport combiné rail - route

UIRR 1970 Brussels Belgium F

Unión Latina de Economia Politica de la Información, la Comunicación ya la Cultura

ULEPICC 2002 Seville Spain D

Union nationale des maisons familiales rurales d'éducation et d'orientation

UNMFREO 1942 Paris France G

Union of Arab Banks

UAB 1972 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Black Sea and Caspian Business

BCB 2006 Istanbul Turkey D

Union of European Federation of Corporate Football


Union of Finance Personnel in Europe

1963 Berlin Germany D

Union of Local and Non Local General Service Staff FAO/WFP

1976 Rome Italy E v