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. Technical meeting on the future of work in aquaculture in the context of the rural economy

    13 - 17 December 2021

  2. Towards a More Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Garment and Textiles Sector in Asia and the Pacific

    18 - 20 October 2021

    Challenges and opportunities for decent and sustainable work arising from automation, digitalization and other drivers of change in the aftermath of COVID-19.

  3. Sub-regional tripartite workshop on decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia

    11 - 13 October 2021

  4. Meeting of experts to discuss and adopt a code of practice on safety and health in textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

    4 - 8 October 2021

  5. Advancing a just transition to a circular economy: Scaling up individual action to collectively driving systemic change

    15 September 2021

    An event co-organized by the ILO and the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)

  6. Technical meeting on the future of decent and sustainable work in urban transport services

    30 August - 3 September 2021

    Representatives from governments (ministries of labour and transport authorities), employers and workers will meet at the ILO to discuss the future of work in the urban transport, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and how to invest in a job-rich and sustainable recovery of the sector.

  7. Technical meeting on the future of work in the education sector in the context of lifelong learning for all, skills and the Decent Work Agenda

    17 - 21 May 2021

  8. Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers of the Joint Maritime Commission (April 2021)

    26 - 27 April 2021

  9. Technical meeting on the future of work in the automotive industry

    15 - 19 February 2021

  10. Sectoral Advisory Bodies 2021

    13 - 15 January 2021

    The Sectoral Advisory Bodies (SABs), composed of tripartite constituents engaged in economic sectors, were established at the 298th Session of the ILO Governing Body (March 2007) to review sectoral developments and to make recommendations to the ILO's constituents on priorities for sectoral work. Sessions of the SABs are held every two years, and they are chaired by a representative of the Government group of the Governing Body. Following the session held in January 2021 the SABs are to make recommendations on sectoral meetings to be held in the biennium 2022–23 and on preparatory work for sectoral meetings in future biennia. These recommendations will be submitted to the Governing Body at its 341st session in March 2021.