SDG 8 offers a framework for countries to implement a mixture of policies aimed at promoting growth and productivity without harming the environment and generating decent work that respects core labour rights as an effective pathway to inclusive growth.
The high and enduring record of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region has benefited many workers, yet still the region is home to more than half of the world’s working poor. More than two in three workers in the region are in informal employment, and still millions of workers are burdened by low wages, long working hours, a lack of social protection and little job security. Over half of the population in Asia and the Pacific do not have access to any form of social protection scheme. The persistence of decent work deficits raises the urgency of taking action on SDG 8.
Find out more on the Asia Pacific SDG Gateway.