Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impacts of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of the total workforce – a number which has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.
However, as the global economy continues to recover, we are witnessing slower growth, widening inequalities, and a reduction in the number of jobs available globally. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.
The SDGs promote sustainable economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Achieving such objectives will require countries to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation as well as an international commitment to the eradication of forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.
With such targets in mind, the goal is to achieve long-term and sustainable employment for all women and men by 2030.