8. Decent work and economic growth.

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

In many countries, having a job does not automatically mean escaping poverty. This needs to change. That's why goal eight focuses on decent work for all and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This means that everyone who can work should have the opportunity to work, under good working conditions. These jobs should stimulate economic growth without harming the environment.


There is still much to do within this goal. From 2007 to 2012, the number of unemployed people in the world grew from 170 million to 202 million. Of this number, 75 million are young women and men. And to provide the number of new people in the labor market with jobs in the coming years, 470 million additional jobs are needed between 2016 and 2030.

For example, countries must pay more attention to entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation within their policies. Financial institutions must be strengthened so that everyone has access to banks, insurance and other financial services.

Child labor and slavery 

In addition, countries must take action on combating modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labor, including child labor and child soldiers. And by 2025, all forms of child labor must be permanently eliminated.

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