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

World Federation of Development Financing Institutions

WFDFI 1979 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire C y

World Federation of Diamond Bourses

WFDB 1947 Antwerp Belgium D

World Federation of Exchanges

WFE 1961 London UK C

World Federation of People Management Associations

WFPMA 1976 Alexandria VA USA C y

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 1997 Oslo Norway D

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna Austria C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A ty

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen G f

World Fisheries Trust

WFT 1996 Victoria BC Canada G

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Forum of Fisher Peoples

WFFP 1997 Mowbray South Africa F

World Franchise Council

WFC 1994 Giza Egypt F

World Free Zone Convention


World Green Economy Organization

WGEO Dubai J g

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Health Risk Management Centre

WHRMC Tokyo Japan E

World Healthcare Forum Foundation

2012 The Hague Netherlands J f

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K fg

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Hunger Year

WHY 1975 New York NY USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science


World Institute for Disaster Risk Management

DRM Alexandria VA USA G j

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Dunstable UK F

World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation

WIEF Foundation 2006 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F f

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f

World Labour Institute

WLI 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina G j

World Labour Zionist Movement


World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memory Sports Council

WMSC 1991 Croydon UK J

World Merit

Liverpool UK J

World Mining Congress

WMC 1958 Katowice Poland C y

World Missing Children Organization

WMCO Sliedrecht Netherlands N

World Missionary Evangelism

WME 1958 Dallas TX USA F

World Movement of Christian Workers

WMCW 1961 Brussels Belgium C

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers

WIN 2012 New York NY USA E

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B