S&D as a group has been at the forefront of the global fight against poverty, discrimination and inequality. We’ve fought hard to ensure adequate funding has been maintained for development in spite of economic difficulties and political resistance by some groups. Despite achievements, a lot more needs to be done. Poverty eradication remains the biggest global challenge, and it’s often intertwined with people’s lack of political power and vulnerability to environmental and man-made crises. Increased efforts are needed to tackle growing income disparities and climate change. To achieve genuine results, Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is essential as development values are to be implemented horizontally across both external and internal European policies.