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On 15 May I convened an expert consultation in Brussels at the UNDP office, attended by fifteen experts from various organizations, including NATO, Transparency International, the International Peace Bureau and the Quakers. Among other topics we discussed how to promote a democratic and equitable international order, how to finance the post-2015 development agenda by making economies in military spending, how best to redirect resources to achieve human security beyond mere State security, and how to move toward sustainable development and increased employment possibilities in peaceful industries. The diagnoses are clear — but their implementation requires political will and democratic participation by civil society. The meeting was a reaffirmation of ILO’s motto: si vis pacem, cole justitiam — if we want peace, we must cultivate social justice.