General informationThe Conference plenary is composed of four delegates from each national delegation, two representing governments, one the employers and one the workers. During the 108th (Centenary) Session, the Plenary will meet during the whole duration of the Conference, from Monday 10 June to Friday 21 June, except on Saturday 15 June.
All plenary sittings will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations and will consist of the following phases:
- the Conference opening sitting;
- a high-level section to receive the visits of heads of State and Government;
- the discussion of the Report of the Director-General and the report of the Chairperson of the Governing Body - transcript of the discussion
- the adoption of standing and technical committee reports; and
- the Conference closing sitting.
Seating arrangements in PlenaryDifferent arrangements will apply to the opening sitting and high-level sittings of the Plenary (Monday, 10 - Wednesday, 12 June and Wednesday, 19 - Thursday, 20 June) and to the regular sittings of the Plenary (Wednesday, 12 – Tuesday, 18 June).
Opening and high-level sittings (10-12 June and 19-20 June)Each national tripartite delegation will have eight reserved seats with country nameplates, four of which will be placed on the table and four on extra seats behind.
The proceedings of the Plenary will be broadcasted in an overflow room (Room XVI on the fifth floor of the Palais des Nations).
During the opening and high-level sittings in the first week, the front rows on the ground floor of the Assembly Hall will be reserved for the national delegations of the heads of State or Government who will be addressing the Conference during that first week. All other national delegations will be seated after the last country of a visiting head of State or Government, in alphabetical order of short country titles in French, starting with the country following Switzerland (”Suisse“) - the country of the Presidency of the Conference. The order will go from the front to the back on the ground floor of the Assembly Hall, in the left lateral gallery and the right lateral gallery. The seating plan for the high-level sittings in the second week will follow the same arrangement, based on the countries of visiting heads of State or government during that week.
The seating plan for the opening sitting and high-level sittings during the first week of the Conference is available here. The seating plan for the high-level sittings during the second week is available here.
Regular plenary sittings (12-18 June and 21 June)During these plenary sittings, the Assembly Hall will be open to any member of national and observer delegations with a Conference identification badge. The diplomatic gallery will be open to authorized visitors.
National delegations will be seated in alphabetical order of short country titles in French, starting with Switzerland (“Suisse”) - the country of the President of the Conference. The order will go from the front to the back on the ground floor of the Assembly Hall, in the left lateral gallery and the right lateral gallery. Seats before the front row will be reserved for the delegations registered in the list of speakers.
For the seating plan for these regular sittings of Friday, 21 June, please click here.
Observers from official international organizations and international non-governmental organizations invited to the Conference will be seated in the lateral galleries on the sixth floor.