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

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G Human Rights Organizations

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G Institutes

WIRED International

Montara CA USA N

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

Wolfsberg Group

2000 E

Women and Global Migration Working Group

WGMWG 2012 E y International Federations

Women and Development Unit

WAND 1978 St Michael Barbados F

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y International Federations

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

WIEGO 1997 Cambridge MA USA F y International Federations

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women Working Worldwide

WWW 1983 Manchester UK G

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

2005 Paris France F

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G Human Rights Organizations

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

WomenStrong International


Work and Economy Research Network in the European Churches


Workability International

1987 Sydney Australia D Human Rights Organizations

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte Italy F

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Workers Hub For Change

WH4C 2007 Temerloh Malaysia F

Workers International Struggles Initiative


Workers World Party

1959 New York NY USA N Political Parties

Workflow Management Coalition

WfMC Cohasset MA USA C y International Federations

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G


1997 Lewes UK N

World Academy of Productivity Science

WAPS 1969 Montréal QC Canada G

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome Italy K g FAO Bodies, IGOs

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

WADE 1998 Washington DC USA F

World Alliance for Youth Empowerment

WAYE Bangalore India J

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

WACAP 1997 New York NY USA F

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples

WAMIP Ahmedabad India J

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Geneva Switzerland B Humanitarian Organizations

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Aquaculture Society

WAS 1970 Baton Rouge LA USA C

World Asian Workers Organization

WAWO 1992 Rainhill UK D Trade and Labour Unions

World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K Humanitarian Organizations, Funds