The Global Accelerator

The Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions, launched in September 2021 by the UN Secretary-General, signals the UN system’s collective response for addressing the multiple challenges that threaten to erase development progress. The initiative aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support the creation of decent jobs, primarily in the green, digital and care economies, and to extend social protection to people who are excluded. 

The Global Accelerator brings together Member States, UN agencies, international financial institutions, public development banks, social partners, civil society, and the private sector to create a virtuous cycle of sustainable development that generates economic and social returns and facilitates the transition to a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive world.   

The UN Common Agenda represents the vision for the future of global cooperation, calling for inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism to better respond to humanity’s most pressing challenges.

Against a backdrop of complex global challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and social crisis it has triggered, the Global Accelerator aims to strengthen multilateral cooperation to fast-track much-needed global actions to promote a job-rich, human-centred recovery, as well as just ecological, technological, and societal transitions to more sustainable and inclusive economies, keeping the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Why join the Global Accelerator?


For countries 

The Global Accelerator supports the implementation of national development strategies and reinforces the importance of social policies for sustainable development and just transitions. It adapts to the specific circumstances of each country, and promotes dialogue and coordination between stakeholders at national level.  

For development partners 

The Global Accelerator offers technical and financial partners the opportunity to support national policies and programmes with a high return on social, economic and environmental investments. 

The Global Accelerator has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. 

Make a difference with us. Get involved and become a partner: 



A woman in training center for production of local handicrafts

14 June 2024

The UN Global Accelerator and the World Bank Social Protection and Jobs Compass join forces to achieve universal social protection and expand opportunities for sustainable, decent and productive employment

Two young men discussing over computer

06 May 2024

Supporting digitalization and formalization of Rwanda’s economy through worker’s capacity building

Image from ILO DRC

08 April 2024

Democratic Republic of the Congo officially becomes a pathfinder country of the Global Accelerator