Decent work and economic growth

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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Wherever you live in the world, being able to find secure and fairly paid work is a big priority for most people.

It’s a crucial step away from poverty for families, and helps governments pay for public services like health and education through the taxes generated as a result. But millions of people are either unemployed, or forced to take jobs that are insecure, with very low pay or bad working conditions.

This goal is about creating decent jobs for everyone, as well as annual economic growth of at least 7% in the very poorest countries. All whilst improving fair pay, environmental protection, opportunities for women, youth and people with disabilities, and cracking down on forced and child labour. Now that would be a job well done.

Mpho: Helping people with disabilities get a decent job

Inspired by her time spent volunteering at a school for deaf and blind children, Mpho MacChambers from South Africa established VIRYA and SheCan! to educate disabled citizens and help them find employment. Her outreach to local companies is driving incredible change for both businesses and disabled South Africans!

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Stand as ONE

World leaders have agreed to 17 Global Goals that would mean a better life for all of us. The Goals are a plan to build a world where children don't go to bed hungry, where girls get the same opportunity to thrive as boys, and where people don't die of preventable diseases. It's one of the most incredible to-do lists ever written - but now we need to turn words into action.

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela's words represent what it means to be a ONE member and at the birth of these ambitious new goals, we will not rest until they are achieved. Stand with more than 9 million others and in Mandela's honour - pledge to use your voice. We know it has power to change lives and bring about a better world for all of us, as ONE.