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

    26 - 27 April 2021

  2. Technical meeting on the impact of digitalization in the finance sector, 22-26 February 2021 (TBC)

    22 - 26 February 2021

  3. Technical meeting on the future of work in the automotive industry, 15-19 February 2021

    15 - 19 February 2021

  4. 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 (TBC)

    25 - 29 January 2021

  5. Sectoral Advisory Bodies 2021

    13 - 15 January 2021

    The Sectoral Advisory Bodies (SABs), composed of tripartite constituents engaged in economic sectors, were established by the Governing Body at its 298th Session (March 2007) to review sectoral developments and to make recommendations to the Governing Body 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 GB. At its session in January 2021 the SABs are requested 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.


  1. Technical meeting on the future of work in aquaculture in the context of the rural economy (TBC)

    23 - 27 November 2020

  2. Towards a brighter future of work in the digital economy - Global Research Webinar

    30 September 2020

    Co-organized by the ILO and the Sophia University of Japan

  3. High-level event on crew changes in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly

    24 September 2020

    Conference co-hosted by ILO, IMO and the UN Global Compact

  4. Technical meeting on the future of decent and sustainable work in urban transport services (TBC)

    21 - 25 September 2020

  5. WEBINAR - COVID-19 and Maritime Labour Issues: Impact and Responses

    5 June 2020

    Co-organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO)