Sectoral meetings

Consensus building: international tripartite meetings

Several times per year, representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations from different countries and regions meet at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, to participate in tripartite sectoral international meetings and global dialogue fora. Based on the most up-to-date research produced by the ILO, the tripartite representatives meet to debate emerging issues, main trends and challenges of their sector.
Consensus reached during such sectoral meetings results in recommendations for policy and action in the sectors. These recommendations, adopted at the end of the meetings, serve as a basis for the development of national policies and programmes, and provide guidance to constituents at international as well as country level.

Global sectoral meetings for 2018-19


  1. Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in the Media and Culture Sector

    14 - 15 May 2014

    Tripartite constituents addressed employment relationships in the media and culture sector.

  2. Global Dialogue Forum on Challenges to Collective Bargaining in the Public Service

    2 - 3 April 2014

    The purpose of the Forum was for tripartite participants to discuss the impact of the economic and financial crisis on collective bargaining in the public service and other challenges to the development of good labour relations.

  3. Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers of the Joint Maritime Commission (February 2014)

    26 - 27 February 2014

    Updating of the minimum monthly basic pay or wage figure for able seafarers: Seafarers’ Wages, Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Recommendation, 1996 (No. 187); Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, Guideline B2.2.4 – Minimum monthly basic pay or wage figure for able seafarers


  1. Global Dialogue Forum on Initiatives to Promote Decent and Productive Work in the Chemical Industry

    26 - 28 November 2013

    The purpose of the Forum was to discuss initiatives to promote decent and productive work in the chemical industry. This Forum will examine initiatives to promote social dialogue for improving the performance of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in particular of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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    Meeting of Experts on Policy Guidelines on the Promotion of Decent Work for Early Childhood Education Personnel

    12 - 15 November 2013

    The purpose of the Meeting of Experts is to consider, with a view to adopting, draft policy guidelines on early childhood education personnel.

  3. Meeting of Experts to Adopt Guidelines on the Training of Ships’ Cooks

    23 - 27 September 2013

    The Meeting of Experts to Adopt Guidelines on the Training of Ships’ Cooks was held from 23 to 27 September 2013 at the International Labour Office in Geneva.

  4. Global Dialogue Forum for the Promotion of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No.188)

    15 - 17 May 2013

    The Forum discussed challenges in the implementation of Convention 188.

  5. Global Dialogue Forum on the Effects of the Global Economic Crisis on the Civil Aviation Industry

    20 - 22 February 2013

    The purpose of the Forum was to discuss the effects of the economic crisis in the civil aviation industry, in order to reach a common understanding of the difficulties the industry has undergone due to structural change, and a better understanding of the effects of the low cost carrier (LCC) model on the industry as a whole, as well as consensus on a common approach that could contribute to a more sustainable industry.


  1. Global Dialogue Forum on Future Needs for Skills and Training in the Oil and Gas Industry

    12 - 13 December 2012

    The purpose of the Forum was to assess the current skills and workforce structure and future needs for skills and vocational education and training (VET), as well as effective safety training for contractors and subcontractors in order to create more decent employment across the industry.

  2. 11th session of the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART)

    8 - 12 October 2012