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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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News

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Genetic innovations and AI-driven tech can help mitigate climate risks for rice, says the International Rice Research Institute’s incoming chief.
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The Van Gujjars – a pastoralist community in the Indian state of Uttarakhand – are on the frontline of climate change, but their role in forest management is limited by the rights they are denied.
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Doctors are fleeing Sri Lanka's economic crisis, leaving the healthcare system on its knees and the poorest patients most at risk.
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The nearing completion of the world's tallest railway bridge, the Chenab Bridge in the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir, promises an economic uplift through enhanced trade and tourism for the area.
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Opinion

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Non-populist policies pose risks for politicians. Prabowo Subianto, who has claimed victory in the Indonesian presidential elections, is looking at creating five million green jobs, but stops short of pledging to phase out fossil fuels subsidies.
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Workers worldwide will need the expertise and resources to drive the fossil fuel-free agenda forward.
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What does the future hold for the millions of women left to work in Asia's agriculture sector battling a climate in collapse?
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Work must continue beyond the two weeks in Dubai to drive a gender-responsive transition, writes COP28's Razan Al Mubarak in her post-COP28 reflection. Improving data, finance and creating work opportunities for women should be prioritised.
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Videos

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EB Studio Asia's green transition pathways need to be socially inclusive given huge differences in economic development across the region, says experts at the Boston Consulting Group. State-owned enterprises have an "outsized" role to play, they add.
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EB Studio Our urban infrastructure is responsible for almost 40 per cent of global carbon emissions. Climate solutions need to include the biggest energy guzzlers, clean energy and retrofitting old buildings.
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Women play a key role in developing innovations to push for sustainability, but barriers remain to their entry into STEM careers. To celebrate International Day of Women & Girls in Science, EB Impact speaks to three women in science on making an impact and pursuing careers in STEM.
An e-jeepney in the Philippines. A growing movement is underway to electrify Southeast Asia's transport. Image: Eco-Business
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
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Podcasts

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Asia lags the world in natural catastrophe protection. Part of the problem could be counting extreme weather losses only after they happen, industry insiders tell the Eco-Business podcast.
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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas assistant governor tells the Eco-Business Podcast about the regulator’s maiden sustainability report that features an empirical study of climate impacts on banks as well as the nation’s first taxonomy.
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In a region where large hydro projects and expanding biofuel plantations coincide with an upcoming coal phaseout, a laissez-faire approach could worsen existing inequalities and mar the success of a clean energy buildout.
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EB Studio Covid-19 didn't kill events, but it did change them. Teymoor Nabili and Veemal Gungadin tell the Eco-Business Podcast how a pandemic transformed the way sustainability events are conceived and organised.
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