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

Goal 8 is about promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

Multiple crises are placing the global economy under serious threat. Global real GDP per capita growth is forecast to slow down in 2023 and with ever increasing challenging economic conditions, more workers are turning to informal employment.

Globally, labour productivity has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, especially for young people, reduce informal employment and labour market inequality (particularly in terms of the gender pay gap), promote safe and secure working environments, and improve access to financial services to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth.

The global unemployment rate declined significantly in 2022, falling to 5.4 per cent from a peak of 6.6 per cent in 2020 as economies began recovering from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. This rate was lower than the pre-pandemic level of 5.5 per cent in 2019.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II


1949 Montréal QC Canada B

AIP Foundation

1999 Hanoi Vietnam F f

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Air Baltic Corporation

1995 Riga Latvia F e

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association

AREA 1988 Brussels Belgium D t

Airports Council International

ACI 1991 Montréal QC Canada B y

Airports Council International - European Region

ACI EUROPE 1991 Brussels Belgium E

AKASSA ONG Internationale

Gerardmer France K

Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies

AICIS 2007 Mariehamn Finland N j

Alfityanu Humanitaire International

AHI 2015 Luxembourg Luxembourg N

Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation

1960 New York NY USA G f


2017 Berlin Germany G

Alianza para las Migraciones en Centroamérica y México


All Africa Baptist Fellowship

AABF 1982 Ibadan Nigeria E


2008 Brussels Belgium D

All for Africa

New York NY USA N

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi India E

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin Germany F

Alliance for Affordable Internet

A4AI 2013 Washington DC USA E y

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F t

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

AFSA 2008 Kampala Uganda D

Alliance for Harmonisation of Cellular Therapy Accreditation

AHCTA 2009 Bern Switzerland E y

Alliance for Middle East Peace

ALLMEP 2006 Washington DC USA C y

Alliance for Responsible Mining

ARM 2004 Medellin Colombia D

Alliance for Sustainability

1983 Minneapolis MN USA G

Alliance Internationale pour la défense des Droits et des Libertés

AIDL 2009 Paris France G

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of Global Talent Organizations

AGTO 2020 Beijing China J

Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

Alliance of Rail New Entrants

ALLRAIL 2017 Brussels Belgium D

Alliance pour la Migration, le Leadership et le Développement

AMLD Dakar Senegal J

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance Sud, Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations Swissaid - Catholic Lenten Fund - Bread for All - Helvetas - Caritas - Interchurch Aid

1971 Bern Switzerland G f

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

AEPW 2019 Dover DE USA C


2000 Brussels Belgium F y

Alpha Charitable Foundation

1992 North York ON Canada N f



alterNativa - Intercanvi amb Pobles Indigenes

1986 Barcelona Spain G

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J

Alternative Action for African Development

1988 G

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma

ALTSEAN Burma 1996 Bangkok Thailand G

Alternative Information and Development Centre

AIDC 1996 Cape Town South Africa G

Alternative Investment Management Association

AIMA 1990 London UK D

Alternative Missions

Ferndale WA USA N

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

ATM 2011 J ty

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y

Alternatives for Sustainable Development

Barcelona Spain G

Alternatives International

Alter-Inter Montréal QC Canada F

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in Southern Africa

ANSA 2003 Harare Zimbabwe D

AMAR International Charitable Foundation

AICF 1995 London UK G f