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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

UNDP in Kosovo*

The new entrepreneurs

Meet a new generation of talent, shaping the future one idea at a time. MORE >

UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

Pedigreed bees instead of imported ones

A protected zone in Osh oblast will help in the conservation and breeding of pedigreed bees, prevent the spread of diseases and parasites, and improve the quality of honey produced here. MORE >

UNDP in Georgia

In Georgia’s highlands, a family swims against the current

In rural Ajara region, farmers are struggling to survive the sharp economic contrast between their urban and rural. The Beridze family runs a successful trout farm - read and see how they are making it work. MORE >

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