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

Additional Protocol to the Agreement on the Temporary Importation, Free of Duty, of Medical, Surgical and Laboratory Equipment for Use on Free Loan in Hospitals and other Medical Institutions for Purposes of Diagnosis or Treatment

1983 Strasbourg France T g

Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protocol of San Salvador 1988 Washington DC USA T g

Additional Protocol to the Convention Concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, Relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material

1954 T g

Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter Providing for a System of Collective Complaints

1995 Strasbourg France T g


2008 Brussels Belgium D

Administrative Centre of Social Security for Rhine Boatmen

1950 Strasbourg France E g

Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization

ILO Tribunal 1946 Geneva Switzerland F g

Administrative Tribunal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

1991 Paris France F g

Adriano Olivetti Foundation

1962 Rome Italy G f

Adriatic Region Employers' Centre

AREC Geneva Switzerland E

Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

ATCF 2016 Monroe WA USA F f

Advertising Business Group

ABG 1991 Dubai United Arab Emirates E


1989 London UK F

Advocates for International Development

A4ID London UK G

AEGIS Europe

Brussels Belgium J

Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

ASD 2004 Brussels Belgium D t

Affordable Medicines Europe

1998 Brussels Belgium D

Affordable Medicines for Africa

AMFA Houghton South Africa G

Aflatoun International

2005 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Africa 2000

2004 London UK G

Africa 2000 Plus Network, Harare

1989 Harare Zimbabwe F

Africa Action

2001 Washington DC USA G

Africa Asia Development Relief Foundation

ADRF 1994 Seoul Korea Rep G f

Africa Association, Hamburg

1934 Hamburg Germany G

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Continent Care for Migration

ACCM 2013 Rabat Morocco G

Africa Cooperative Action Trust - International

ACAT International 1979 Mbabane Eswatini F

Africa Culture Internationale Human Rights

ACI Human Rights 1996 Geneva Switzerland G

Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

AECF Nairobi Kenya F f

Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa Foundation

1997 Pointe Noire Congo Brazzaville G fy

Africa Leadership Forum

ALF 1988 Ota Nigeria F

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute

ALLPI 1990 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E gj

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa Philanthropy Network

APN 2009 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F y

Africa Platform for Social Protection

APSP Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Regional Centre for Information Science

ARCIS 1990 Ibadan Nigeria E

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

AWIEF Cape Town South Africa F

African Action on AIDS

AAA 1990 New York NY USA G

African Agribusiness Incubators Network

AAIN Accra Ghana G

African Agricultural Economics Education Network

AAEEN Nairobi Kenya F

African Alliance for Women Empowerment

AFRAWE Cairo Egypt N

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Association for a Unified System of Business Laws

UNIDA Paris France D

African Association for Public Administration and Management

AAPAM 1962 Nairobi Kenya D y

African Black Diaspora Global Network

ABDGN Toronto ON Canada F

African Books Collective

ABC 1989 Oxford UK F y

African Business Law Firms Association