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

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 Austria E

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Vocational Foundation

1991 Övertorneå Sweden F f

Argidius Foundation

Zug Switzerland 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 Lee's Summit MO 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

ARTerial Network

2007 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

Arts Access International

2005 Waikanae New Zealand N

Arts for Global Development

2002 G


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 Pasig City Philippines 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 Bangkok Thailand 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 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 and the Pacific Policy Society