Expert Consultation "The impact of military expenditures on a democratic and equitable international order", Brussels, 15 May 2014

On 15 May 2014, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order convened an Expert consultation in Brussels to inform his report to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council. As stipulated in HRC resolution 25/15 relating to the mandate, “all States should promote the establishment, maintenance and strengthening of international peace and security and, to that end, should do their utmost to achieve general and complete disarmament under effective international control, as well as to ensure that the resources released by effective disarmament measures are used for comprehensive development, in particular that of the developing countries”. Therefore, pursuant to his mandate, the Independent Expert intends to explore the impact of military expenditures on the possibility of advancing towards an international order which is just. He will examine how the arms trade, the continuing production and stockpiling of weapons, the current arms race, aggression, and other factors impede the realization of an international order that is more democratic and equitable.

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