Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

More or less half of the world's population still lives on the equivalent of about two dollars a day. In many places, having a job does not guarantee that you will escape poverty.

This slow and uneven progress calls for a reconsideration and reorganization of our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty. A sustained lack of decent work opportunities, underinvestment and underconsumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underpinning democratic societies, according to which we must all contribute to progress.

The creation of quality jobs remains one of the greatest challenges for almost all economies, well beyond 2015. Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create conditions that enable people to have quality jobs, which stimulate economies and at the same time do not damage the environment.

In addition, job opportunities and decent working conditions are needed for the entire working-age population.

Facts and figures

  • Global unemployment rose from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012; of these, about 75 million are young women and men
  • Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the $2 a day threshold; the eradication of poverty is possible only through stable and well-paying jobs.
  • Globally, 470 million jobs are needed for those entering the labor market between 2016 and 2030.


8.1 Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national conditions, and in particular an annual growth of at least 7% of gross domestic product in developing countries

8.2 Achieve higher standards of economic productivity through diversification, technological progress and innovation, also with particular attention to high value-added and labour-intensive sectors

8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, the creation of decent jobs, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and that encourage the formalization and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, including through the access to financial services

8.4 Progressively improve global efficiency in resource consumption and production by 2030 and seek to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with more developed countries first line

8.5 By 2030, ensure full and productive employment and decent work for women and men, including young people and persons with disabilities, and fair remuneration for work of fair value

8.6 By 2030, reduce the proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in any education or training cycle

8.7 Take immediate and effective steps to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and end by 2025 to child labor in all its forms

8.8 Protect the right to work and promote a safe and healthy working environment for all workers, including immigrants, especially women, and precarious workers

8.9 Design and implement by 2030 policies to foster sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

8.10 Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and increase the use of banking, insurance and financial services for all

8.a 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

8.b Develop and operationalize a comprehensive youth employment strategy by 2020 and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labor Organization

Obiettivo 8Incentivare una crescita economica duratura, inclusiva e sostenibile, un’occupazione piena e produttiva ed un lavoro dignitoso per tutti.