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York University Libraries (YUL) Advancing SDG 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth

8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

Economic growth should be a positive force for the whole planet. This is why we must make sure that financial progress creates decent and fulfilling jobs while not harming the environment. Goal 8 is about protecting labour rights and once and for all put a stop to modern slavery and child labour, promoting job creation with expanded access to banking and financial services, to ensure all have access to the benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation.


Part of York University's Las Nubes Project, YUL's La Casita Azul library is an education and learning resource centre that supports York’s increasing socio-environmental research, education and community outreach within Costa Rica. Situated in the midst of the local communities in Costa Rica, La Casita Azul supports and enhances York’s Eco-Campus in Costa Rica while playing an important role in research intensification, knowledge mobilization, community engagement, citizen science, research dissemination, engagement and outreach while offering access to the online and print resources and educational programs.


La Casita Azul organizes, facilitates, and promotes educational opportunities that allow community members to learn and increase their knowledge of starting and managing small-scale businesses that contribute to economic growth.

La Casita Azul has hosted workshops on starting a small business, developing income generating agricultural projects (growing and selling orchids, using organic fertilizer to increase the quality of the products) and has made available resources that relate to local small businesses.

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