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.

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United Nations

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United Nations Commission for Social Development

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UNCED S cg

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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ESCAP 1947 E g

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

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United Nations Environment Programme

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United Nations Office at Geneva

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1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

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UCKG 1977 London UK F

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

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San Francisco CA USA G

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UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G

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