SDGs Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

“Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.” United Nations

As with so many of The Global Goals, once you start reading about them and learning about their targets the size of the task ahead feels overwhelming.  I did not expect to be overwhelmed when I sat down this evening to do my research on Goal 8 but the figures and enormity of the problem is startling.

2.2 billion people are living on less than $2 a day with no prospects of ever leaving a life of poverty.  In 2015 the International Labour Organisation did a study that showed 204 million people were unemployed.  470 million new jobs are needed between 2016 and 2030 just to keep up with global growth and these jobs all need to meet standards of gender equality, equal opportunities and fair and safe working conditions.  They also need to provide the worker with the opportunity to rise above the poverty line and receive personal and professional development and training.  What is more, to provide the youth of today opportunities for a sustainable future,  education systems around the world must be providing (boys and girls alike) with high quality skills and qualifications.  They also need to be educated in their human rights and be made aware of the services that they can call upon for help and support.


1. Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries
2. Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
3. Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
4. Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
5. By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
6. By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
7. Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
8. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
9. By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
10. Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all
11. Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries
12. By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization

(Info taken from UN Org)

To read more, learn more and see the progress Goal 8 is making then please go to UN Org.


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