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8. Decent work and economic growth

8. Decent work and economic growth

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.

Read our stories to learn more about SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

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But it is Singapore and Vietnam which have made the most progress in reaching climate goals over the past year, as the region grapples to meet US$1.5 trillion required to achieve 2030 emissions targets.
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Minister Grace Fu suggested that the region's emissions allowance would be better spent on manufacturing industries needed to sustain the aspirations of a young and growing Southeast Asia. Countries besides Singapore are needed to build an Asean renewables-based energy grid.
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The measurement of recipes' biodiversity footprints, such as chickpea curry's positive impact compared to the significant greenhouse gas emissions from dairy, meat and shrimp farming, promotes sustainability.
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Air pollution is a 'silent killer', say former New Zealand PM and former WHO chief scientist.
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China’s decision to ramp up spending could accelerate a shift and help achieve long-term climate goals by bringing forward the peak in fossil-fuel use and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
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Long a source of tension with its neighbours, China’s transboundary rivers are opening opportunities for regional cooperation.
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