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Meetings of Ministers of Labor

The Inter-American Conference of the Ministries of Labor (IACML) is the oldest sectoral conference of the Organization of American States (OAS). In fact, since 1963 the Ministries of Labor of the hemisphere gather periodically in this Conference, which is considered as the main forum in the Hemisphere for discussion and decision-making regarding policy priorities and actions on labor issues.

The IACML guarantees the participation of workers and employers through its two advisory bodies: the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) and the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL).

The IACML has created two Working Groups to deepen the analysis of the Conference's priority themes, to spread information and pertinent studies, and to follow up hemispheric initiatives.

The most recent meeting, the XIX IACML, took place in Mexico on December, 2015 under the theme "Achieving Decent Work with Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in the Americas". Therefore, the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico is currently the Chair Pro Tempore of the XIX IACML.

The IACML works under the leadership of the troika, conformed by the past, present and future Chairs of the Conference, with the aim to ensure continuity and coherence in its activities. The troika is currently composed by the following authorities:

  • Minister of Labor of Colombia (Past, Chair of the XVIII IACML 2013)
  • Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico (Present, Chair of the XIX IACML 2015)
  • Minister of Labour of Barbados (Future, Chair of the XX IACML 2017)

To fulfill the mandates of the IACML, the Technical Secretariat (OAS) works in close coordination with other international organizations, especially with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

  • Ministries of Labor of the Americas and focal points