SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Poverty is a major global issue that is being tackled specifically by SDG #1 "No poverty". One of the best ways to eradicate poverty is through stable and well-paid jobs. The UN estimates that 2.2 billion people live below the US$1.90 a day poverty line. About 470 million jobs are required globally for new entrants to the labor market between 2016 and 2030, just to keep up with the growth of the global working age. We're talking about 30 million jobs per year!
Data from the International Labor Organization shows that currently, 6.3% of the global population are unemployed, a rate exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, unemployment is just the tip of the iceberg. Working conditions of over 800 million men and women are poor, to say the least. While working, these people are not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. In addition, women and girls do not have equal access to equal opportunities as men and boys for employment. So, there's a lot of work to be done in that area, and that's where SDG #8 comes in.