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


2006 Dublin Ireland G

Training Centre for Regional Integration

1993 Montevideo E g

Traité de Sécurité Collective de la CEI

Traité de Tachkent 1992 T g

Trans European Law Firms Alliance

TELFA 1989 Arnhem D

Trans-Atlantic Business Council

TABC 2013 Washington DC USA E


1998 London UK G

transform! europe

transform Vienna Austria E y

Transnational Giving Europe

TGE 1998 Brussels F y

Transnationals Information Exchange

TIE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands G

TransWorld Development Initiatives

TWDI Brentwood MD USA G

Treaty Concerning the Regulation of Salmon Fishery in the Rhine River Basin

1995 T g

Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community

Abuja treaty 1991 T g

Treaty for Collaboration in Economic, Social and Cultural Matters and for Collective Self-defence

Brussels Treaty 1948 T g

Treaty of Economic Association

1960 T g

Treaty of Joint Defence and Economic Cooperation between the Arab League States

1950 T g

Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union

TSCG 2012 T g

Treaty on the Protection of Movable Property of Historic Value

1935 T g

Trees for Life International

1984 Wichita KS USA G

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G


1997 Brussels G

Trickle Up Program

TUP 1979 F

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA 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 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 F g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY 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 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 Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris E v

UNFCU Foundation

2015 New York NY USA N f

UNHCR Global Staff Council

Geneva E

UNI Global Union

2000 Nyon 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 F g

UNIDO Staff Union

1967 E v