Decent work and economic growth

Goal: 
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Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.

However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.

Goals in Action

UN Women, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, organized the national conference on “Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy in Albania”. The one-day conference’s headline was informing and encouraging civil society...

Five young people were awarded with special recognition during the celebrations of United Nations Day in Albania. The event dedicated to youth called “It’s Youth Time” was organized by the UN in partnership with the Ministry for Europe and...

United Nations celebrated the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals through a week of awareness-raising and accountability activities which took place between 25 and 28 September in several cities across Albania...

The exhibition “Myrtis: face to face with the past” opens today at the Center for Openness and Dialogue (COD), at the Entrance Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office. It will remain open for a period of three weeks.

The exhibition...

An event called “Sustainable Development Goals acceleration and European Union integration in accession countries: the cases of Albania, Montenegro and

Serbia,” was organized in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum 2018 bringing...

New ILO report highlights inadequate policy responses to the rising demand and quantifies the extent of the care burden on women.

GENEVA (ILO news) - Investment in the care economy needs to be doubled to avert a looming global...

“Women and Men in Albania”, the most recent collection of gender statistics in the country was launched today by the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and UN Women with financial support of the Austrian Development Agency. The publication...

Press Release
For immediate release
Tirana, 2 March 2018

With over 1.4 million Albanians living outside the country, principally in Italy and Greece, but present all over the world, the Albanian diaspora represents a huge and...

Tirana, 4 December 2017 - The Albanian Parliament unanimously approved on Monday a resolution on commitment to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.  

By endorsing this Resolution, the Parliament of Albania collectively...

TIRANE, 30 October 2017: Six “women silent heroes” were awarded with special recognition during the celebrations of United Nations Day in Albania. The event dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women was organized by UN in...

Tirana, 25 October 2017 – Among activities to mark World Food Day, dedicated this year to Food and Migration, a meeting on "The Role of Returned Migrants Returned to the Achievement of Sustainable and Long-Term...

Tirana 24 October 2017. To celebrate United Nations Day, twenty-five public and private universities and faculties in Albania signed an agreement committing to play an active role to advance Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The...

Tirana, 30 May 2017: IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Albania presented today the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted by all 193 member states of the United Nations...

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati held a meeting with members of the United Nations Country Team to discuss UN`s support to the country outlined in the Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021 and to the...

1. Your Excellency, you have been in Albania for over a year now being the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in this Balkan country. In the first place, how do you find your position as UN Resident...