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

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 International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv F

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

WomenStrong International



Johannesburg F


2002 Vienna Austria F v

Work and Economy Research Network in the European Churches


Workability International

1987 Sydney NSW D

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte Italy F

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Workers Hub For Change

WH4C 2007 Neusiedl am See F

Workers International Struggles Initiative


Workers World Party

1959 New York NY USA N

Workflow Management Coalition

WfMC 1993 Cohasset MA USA C y

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

Working Time Society

WTS 2001 Cambridge MA USA D


1997 Lewes UK N

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry B v

World Academy of Productivity Science

WAPS 1969 Montréal QC Canada G

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome Italy K g

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

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 Vernier Switzerland B

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Aquaculture Society

WAS 1970 Sorrento LA C

World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Political Economy

WAPE 2004 Shanghai China D

World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises

WASME 1980 Noida B

World Association for Sport Management

WASM 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan B y

World Association for Supported Employment

WASE 1995 Willemstad C

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Public Employment Services

WAPES 1989 Brussels Belgium C

World Association of Visioneers and Entreprenologists

WAVE 1991 Honolulu HI G

World Aviation MBA Association

WAMBA Hoofddorp Netherlands G

World Bank - Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

JFC 2005 E y

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E

World Bank Administrative Tribunal

WBAT 1980 Washington DC F g

World Bank Group Staff Association

1972 Washington DC E v