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

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libyan AJ K eg

Arab Economic and Social Council

AESC 1950 Cairo Egypt E g

Arab Federation for Food Industries

AFFI 1977 Damascus D t

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D gt

Arab Federation of Shipping

AFS 1979 Beirut Lebanon F g

Arab Fisheries Company

AFC 1978 E eg

Arab Forum for Alternatives


Arab Forum for Young Entrepreneur Associations

AFYE Tunis Tunisia F

Arab Foundations Forum

AFF 2006 Amman Jordan F y

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

AFESD 1968 Kuwait Kuwait F fg

Arab Geophysical Exploration Services Company

AGESCO 1984 Tripoli Libyan AJ F eg

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F fg

Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization

AICTO 2001 Tunis Tunisia E g

Arab Institute for Labour Education and Research

1974 Algiers Algeria E j

Arab International Bank

AIB 1974 Cairo Egypt F eg

Arab International Society for Management Technology

AIMICT 1990 Amman Jordan D

Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation

DHAMAN 1974 Safat Kuwait F eg

Arab Investment Company

TAIC 1974 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F eg

Arab Labour Organization

ALO 1965 Cairo Egypt D g

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company

AMPTC 1972 Safat Kuwait K eg

Arab Mining Company

ARMICO 1975 Amman Jordan F eg

Arab Monetary Fund

AMF 1976 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates F fg

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

APICORP 1975 Dammam Saudi Arabia F eg

Arab Petroleum Services Company

APSCO 1975 Tripoli Libyan AJ K eg

Arab Planning Institute

API 1972 Safat Kuwait E gj

Arab Potash Company

APC 1956 Amman Jordan F eg

Arab Resource Collective

ARC 1988 Beirut Lebanon G

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company

ASRY 1974 Hidd Bahrain K eg

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arab Union for Economy and Business Forum


Arab Union for Small Enterprises

AUSE 2004 D

Arab Well Logging Company

AWLCO 1983 Safat Kuwait K eg

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

Arab Women Organization

AW0 Cairo Egypt D g

Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

ABLCC 1961 Brussels Belgium E

Arabian Aquaculture Society

Alexandria Egypt D

Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

ASHRM 1991 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Arbeiterwohlfahrt International

AWO International 1998 Berlin Germany G

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck E

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Vocational Foundation

1991 Övertorneå Sweden F f

Argidius Foundation

G f

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F

Ariel Foundation International

AFI Geneva Switzerland F f

ARMA International

1955 Overland Park KS USA G

Armenian Relief Society

ARS 1910 Watertown MA USA E

Arrangement Respecting the Chinese Import Tariffs

1902 T g

ARTDO Asia-Pacific Human Resources Development Centre

Manila Philippines E

ARTDO International

1974 Manila Philippines D