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Goal 8 : Decent Work and Economic Growth

Why does this goal matter?

Sustainable and inclusive economic growth contributes towards creating decent jobs and improving the standard of living for all. Decent work will give everyone an equal opportunity to work and be productive, to earn a fair income, to feel safe and secure at the workplace, and to grow and develop.

What are this goal’s targets?

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

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

DIVERSIFY, INNOVATE AND UPGRADE FOR ECONOMIC

Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors

PROMOTE POLICIES TO SUPPORT JOB CREATION AND GROWING ENTERPRISES

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

IMPROVE RESOURCE EFFICIENCY IN CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

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

FULL EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK WITH EQUAL PAY

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

PROMOTE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

END MODERN SLAVERY, TRAFFICKING AND CHILD LABOUR

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

PROTECT LABOUR RIGHTS AND PROMOTE SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENTS

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

PROMOTE BENEFICIAL AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO BANKING, INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all

INCREASE AID FOR TRADE SUPPORT

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

DEVELOP A GLOBAL YOUTH EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY

By 2020, develop and operationalise a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organisation

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Santa Venera, Malta 

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