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

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

Arts Access International

2005 Waikanae New Zealand N


1994 Delray Beach FL USA D


1982 Holladay UT USA N

ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

AADMER 2005 T g

ASEAN Bankers Association

ABA 1976 Singapore Singapore E

ASEAN Business Advisory Council

ASEAN BAC 2001 Jakarta Indonesia E

ASEAN Business Forum

ABF 1991 Petaling Jaya Malaysia F

ASEAN Central Bank Forum

ACBF 1997 F g

ASEAN Confederation of Employers

ACE 1978 Samut Prakan Thailand E

ASEAN Constructors Federation

ACF 1985 Jakarta Indonesia E

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management

AHA Centre 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E g

ASEAN Council on Petroleum

ASCOPE 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g


2010 Singapore Singapore F

ASEAN Federation of Electrical Engineering Contractors

AFEEC 1979 Quezon City Philippines E

ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations

AFMA 1984 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

ASEAN Finance Corporation

1981 F e

ASEAN Institute for Health Development

AIHD 1982 Nakhon Pathom Thailand E j

ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network

ASEAN-OSHNET 1996 Vientiane Laos F

ASEAN Rubber Business Council

ARBC 1992 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

ASEAN Social Security Association

ASSA 1998 D

ASEAN Trade Union Council

ATUC Quezon City Philippines E t

ASEAN-China Centre

ACC Beijing China E g

ASEAN-EC Management Centre

Gadong Brunei Darussalam G

ASEED International Institute of Development Management Technology

AIDMAT Delhi India G j


1993 Tokyo Japan G

Ashoka - Innovators for the Public

1980 Arlington VA USA F

Asia Academy of Management

AAM 1997 Shatin Hong Kong D

Asia and Oceania Association of the ICMIF

AOA 1984 Tokyo Japan K

Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics

APCAS 1963 Bangkok Thailand E g

Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission

APPPC 1955 Bangkok Thailand E g

Asia Business Trade Association

ABTA Singapore Singapore D t

Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy


Asia Economic Community Foundation

AEC Foundation 2008 Incheon N f

Asia Europe Economic Forum

AEEF 2006 Brussels Belgium F c

Asia Floor Wage Alliance

AFW Alliance 2007 Delhi India F y

Asia Marketing Federation

AMF 1991 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Network of Organics Recycling

ANOR 2002 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health

AAAH 2005 Nonthaburi Thailand E g

Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management

A-PAD 2012 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Business School Librarians' Group

APBSLG Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

AFACT 1999 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep D t

Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable

APEAR 2003 Singapore Singapore F

Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management

APFPM 2010 D

Asia Pacific Financial Services Association

APFinSA 1991 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Pacific Foreign Exchange Congress

FOREX Manila Philippines S c

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney NSW Australia F

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

APF Canada 1984 Vancouver BC Canada G f

Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation

APFC 1998 Pasig City Philippines D

Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society

APIEMS 1999 D t