Sustainable Development Goals: Decent Work & Economic Growth

It is key to encourage entrepreneurship and eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking

Goal 8: Decent work & economic growth

Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the long-lasting impact of the economic crisis of 2008/2009. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.

However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities and employment that is not expanding fast enough to keep up with the growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people are unemployed in 2015.

Goal 8: Decent work

sdgs8The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to encourage sustained economic growth by achieving higher levels of productivity and through technological innovation. Promoting policies that encourage entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.

SDGs
This month, Dianova emphasizes some of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by United Nations member states at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

Promoting Decent work and economic growth is one of the 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.