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20-34yr olds

are not in employment, education or training


SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by 2030


Economic growth should be a positive force for the whole planet - driving progress, creating decent jobs for all and improving living standards.  However, having a job does not guarantee a decent living. In fact, according to the United Nations, 8 per cent of employed workers and their families worldwide lived in extreme poverty in 2018. We must protect labour rights and increase access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments. 

What Can I Do?

Set up or get involved in a mentoring program to share your skills with other students to better prepare for the future. A lot of students have part-time jobs and it is important that you know your rights at work. In order to access justice, knowing what you are entitled to when it comes to issues such as wages and working hours can go a long way. Be a conscious consumer – although the price of something might look like a fantastic bargain, there is a chance it is hurting people or the planet in some way. When you can, buy from local producers or fair-trade products. These actions support local economic growth and ensures other people are fairly rewarded for their labour.

What Are The Targets?

8.1 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. 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors. 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services. 8.4 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. 8.5 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. 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training. 8.7 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. 8.8 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. 8.9 By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. 8.10 Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to 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 By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization