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 2022-23


  1. © Dietmar Rabich 2023

    Technical meeting on decent and sustainable work in the inland waterways sector

    20 - 24 November 2023

  2. Academy on Rural Development

    13 November - 8 December 2023

    The 2023 edition of the Rural Development Academy will be held in blended modality with an on-line phase from 13 to 24 November and a face-to-face phase from 4 to 8 December 2023 in Turin, Italy

  3. © pexels-kampus-production 2023

    Technical meeting on digitalization in the retail sector as an engine for economic recovery and decent work

    25 - 29 September 2023

    While digitalization has the potential to support employment creation, sustainable development and inclusive growth, it has also brought to light challenges to ensuring decent work in the retail sector. Representatives from governments, employers and workers in the retail sector met at the International Labour Organization in Geneva on 25-29 September 2023 to discuss how to harness the full potential of digitalization; to ensure it is sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and that it effectively promotes decent work.

  4. Sub-regional workshop on on promoting social dialogue and decent work in the railways sector

    22 - 24 August 2023

    Tripartite representatives will learn about social dialogue and share information and best practices on the main opportunities and challenges for social dialogue in the railways sector within their countries.

  5. © Sproetniek 2023

    Regional meeting on "Women in Mining: women for a more inclusive mining future in Africa"

    17 - 19 July 2023

    The ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) and the Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR) are jointly organizing a regional meeting on “Women in Mining: women for a more inclusive mining future in Africa”, in Dakar, Senegal, from 17 to 19 July 2023. The meeting aims to generate consensus and support for concrete actions to promote gender equality and decent work for women, and address the challenges they face in large and small-scale mining in Africa.

  6. Meeting of experts on decent work in the agri-food: An essential part of sustainable food systems

    8 - 12 May 2023

  7. Technical meeting on a green, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery for the civil aviation sector

    24 - 28 April 2023

  8. Technical meeting on the future of work in the arts and entertainment sector

    13 - 17 February 2023

  9. Sectoral Advisory Bodies 2023

    18 - 20 January 2023

    At its session in January 2023, the SABs are requested to make recommendations on global sectoral meetings to be held in the biennium 2024–25, and on preparatory work for sectoral meetings in future biennia.


  1. © Mike Hood / IMO 2023

    First Meeting of the Joint ILO–IMO Tripartite Working Group to identify and address seafarers’ issues and the human element

    13 - 15 December 2022