Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2016.
Below you will find 10 images that reflect the need for major changes and improvements in how countries promote inclusive, sustainable growth and decent work for all.
1. Unemployment Protest
People protesting about unemployment levels in Rome, Italy clash with the riot police.
More than 3 million people will become unemployed worldwide in the next two years, making existing jobs vulnerable and fuelling potential social unrest as the global economy slows. (Source: ILO)
2. Daily Grind
A morning shot of commuters on their way to work in London, England.
Only 40% of youth who enter the job market within the next decade will be able to get jobs that currently exist. (Source: WorldBank.org)
3. Harmless Harvest
Harmless Harvest sources 100% raw and organic ingredients from local farmers around the world, and it seeks to make agroforestry a social business that creates positive feedback loops between people and plants.
One of the objectives for Goal 8 of the SDGs is to 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
4. Job and Training Expo
Out of work Californians wait outside a job-training centre in Sacramento.
One-third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people are not in employment, education or training (Source: WorldBank.org)
5. Workers in the heights
Workers in Cordoba, Argentina work on a new building as the sun set’s in the background.
43% of people living in the world’s poorest countries live on less than $1.25 a day (Source: UN.org)
6. Cheap Labour
At this anonymous workshop stuck in the side of an old building in China, women make metal joints by the hundreds.
Women in the USA earn on average 79 cents for every $1 that men earn and identify the gender pay gap as their primary workplace concern. (UNWomen.org)
7. The Living Roof
The Living Roof does a lot more than keep rain out of the California Academy of Sciences building. It’s home to 1.7 million plants specially suited to thrive in the unique climate of Golden Gate Park.
Green design professionals from architects and landscapers to urban planners are part of a growing effort to green the spaces where we live and work.
8. Child Labour
A young child is forced to collect plastic at a rubbish dump in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Asia and the Pacific still have the largest global number of children in child labour (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population). (ILO.org)
9. Container Ship
A container ship heads off from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa.
Developing countries hold 40% of the world’s population, but receive only 3% of the world’s income from trade (Source: WorldCentric.org)
10. Fruit Picker
A man cautiously looks towards the camera as he works hard picking fruit in South Africa.
Since 2005, 20 countries in Africa are among the top 50 most-improved economies in business efficiency. (AFDB.org)