Decent Work and Economic Growth – Announcement of Goal 8 of the Book for Sustainable Development
March 31, 2020
On February 22, 2020, the eighth list of books for the United Nations SDG Reading Club was announced. The list of titles in the six official languages of the United Nations, for children aged 6 to 12, focuses on the eighth goal of sustainable development – decent work and economic growth.
Jobs and decent work for all are still not a reality for many people around the world. About half of the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of around US $ 2 per day with a global unemployment rate of 5.7%. Having a job alone does not guarantee a decent life or even a way out of poverty in many places.
Decent work means job opportunities to obtain productive employment and generate fair income for men and women, a safe working environment as well as social protection for families and integration.
Economic growth indicates that, although the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita in the world is increasing every year, many developing countries are still experiencing growth deceleration, causing them to stray from the target by 7% set for 2030 by the Sustainable Development Goals. Less labor productivity and fewer jobs mean lower wages and lower standards of living.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy without harming the environment. Investing in young people and women by providing training, education and opportunities will help move towards “decent work for all”. Increased commitments to trade, banking and agricultural infrastructure will also help increase productivity and reduce the unemployment rate in the poorest regions of the world.
Our new reading list covers many of these topics. We hope these stories inspire you to take action and explain to children what decent work and economic growth mean and what changes need to be made to make this goal a reality for all. Visit the SDG Book Club website to find out what you can do to make a difference, as well as tips for setting up or joining your own book club with friends and family.
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