8.1 Sustain 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
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
There are too few high quality jobs that guarantee human dignity around the world. In less developed parts of the world, the economy is growing too slowly. Wages and working conditions are thus poor for many people.
In 2016 almost 6 per cent of the world’s population were unemployed, and the figure is rising. Even more people can barely survive on what they earn, and are poor although they work. Women and young people, who often have no training, are particularly badly affected. On top of this, child labour is still widespread in some countries, denying children the right to attend school. Their families need what they earn in order to survive. Very few companies around the world have put their production and business activities on a sustainable footing. They are thus jeopardising the wellbeing of many people as well as destroying natural resources.
What must be done?
One major precondition for sustainable development is a healthy economy. We need not only more jobs, but companies that deal responsibly with the environment, offer humane working conditions and fair wages, and give women and men equal opportunities. To ensure that as many young people as possible undertake vocational training, a global strategy for youth employment is to be implemented as of 2020. And by 2030, the worst forms of exploitation and child labour are to be abolished. The economy is to become more sustainable at global level, while less developed countries are to chalk up economic growth of at least seven per cent a year. It is up to the political level to foster productivity, resource efficiency and innovation.
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