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

Andean Labor Advisory Council

1998 Lima Lima Peru K

Andean Social Management Corporation

1989 Quito Ecuador N

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f

Anglican Alliance

London UK E

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Anglican Overseas Aid

1988 Melbourne VIC Australia G

Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific

APHCA 1975 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand E g

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel BS Switzerland G f

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart TAS Australia G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

Antigonish Movement

Antigonish NS Canada G

APEC Climate Center

APCC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

APEC SME Innovation Center

SMEIC 2004 Gyeongsan North Gyeongsang Korea Rep E

APHELEIA - Humanities European Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

APHELEIA 2017 Mação Portugal E

Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris

AOS 1922 Vatican City Vatican R

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

Applied Services Economic Centre

ASEC 1985 Geneva GE Switzerland G

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

AQUA-AFRICA

2011 Omaha NE USA G

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Copper Hill VA USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C

Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences

AABFS 1988 Amman Jordan G

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G

Arab Bank

1930 Amman Jordan F e

Arab Bank Centre for Scientific Research

ABCSR 1999 Amman Jordan K

Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa

1974 Khartoum Sudan F g

Arab Bankers Association

1980 London UK D

Arab Banking Corporation

ABC 1980 Manama Bahrain F eg

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F eg

Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference

S c

Arab Campaign for Education for All

ACEA Ramallah West Bank Palestine F

Arab Centre for Human Resources Development

1975 K g

Arab Centre for Labour Administration and Employment

ACLAE 1993 Tunis Tunisia G

Arab Centre for Social Insurance, Khartoum

1980 Khartoum Sudan K g

Arab Committee on Banking Supervision

ACBS 1991 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates E gy

Arab Company for Detergent Chemicals

ARADET 1981 Baghdad Iraq K eg

Arab Company for Drug Industries and Medical Appliances

ACDIMA 1976 Amman Jordan F eg

Arab Company for Livestock Development

ACOLID 1974 Damascus Syrian AR F eg

Arab Cooperative Union

1981 Giza Giza Egypt D

Arab Council of Operations and Maintenance

OMAINTEC 2004 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libyan AJ K eg

Arab Economic and Social Council

AESC 1950 Cairo Cairo Egypt E g

Arab Engineering Industries Company

AEICO Al Ramtha Jordan F eg

Arab Federation for Food Industries

AFFI 1977 Damascus Syrian AR D

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D g

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