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SDG 8 : DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH



GOAL : Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.


Economic growth provides financial stability and facilitates an improved quality of life. However, the socio-economic implications of Covid-19 have devastated the global economy, resulting in the worst economic recession since the great depression. 1.6 billion workers in the informal sector risk completely losing their livelihoods. Similarly, it was estimated that 8.8% of global working hours were lost in 2020, equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs.


As the global economy is in the process of a slow recovery, economic development must ensure decent and fulfilling jobs and a diversified industry that ensures that the benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation are inclusive. Moreover, labor rights must be protected and contemporary slavery and child labor must be eradicated in all its forms.


The 12 target goals to ensure decent work and sustainable economic growth by 2030, are as follows:

  1. Sustainable economic growth

  2. Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation

  3. Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises

  4. Improve resource efficiency in consumption and production

  5. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work with equal pay

  6. Promote youth employment, education and training

  7. End modern slavery, trafficking and child labour

  8. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers

  9. Promote beneficial and sustainable tourism

  10. Universal access to banking, insurance and financial services

  11. Increase aid for trade support for developing countries

  12. Develop a global youth employment strategy