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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  3. Global Dialogue Forum on Conditions of Personnel in Early Childhood Education

    22 - 23 February 2012


  1. Tripartite Meeting of Experts for the Review and Adoption of ILO Guidelines on Training in the Port Sector

    21 - 25 November 2011

  2. Tripartite Meeting on Promoting Social Dialogue on Restructuring and its Effects on Employment in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

    24 - 27 October 2011

  3. Global Dialogue Forum on the Role of Private Employment Agencies in Promoting Decent Work and Improving the Functioning of Labour Markets in Private Services Sectors

    18 - 19 October 2011

  4. Seminar on Sustainable Development in Postal Services in African countries

    26 - 28 September 2011

    Organized by the Universal Postal Union, Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and La Poste (France), in cooperation with UNI Global Union and the ILO (Yaoundé and SECTOR).