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 2020-21


  1. Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in Retail Commerce: Their impact on Decent Work and Competitiveness

    22 - 23 April 2015

    The tripartite participants discussed how the diversification of employment relationships in retail commerce is impacting decent work and the competitiveness of the enterprises in the sector.

  2. 12th session of the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART)

    20 - 24 April 2015


  1. Global Dialogue Forum on the Adaptability of Companies to Deal with Fluctuating Demands and the Incidence of Temporary and Other Forms of Employment in Electronics

    9 - 11 December 2014

  2. Meeting of Experts on Maritime Occupational Safety and Health

    13 - 17 October 2014

  3. Global Dialogue Forum on Wages and Working Hours in the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Industries

    23 - 25 September 2014

    Tripartite participants discussed ways to address wages and working hours in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.