We have witnessed remarkable improvements regarding extreme poverty around the world over the last number of decades. The global extreme poverty rate is down to around ten percent, 9 out of 10 children worldwide get primary education and World Bank data show that around 45 countries have left the Low Income Country category during the last 30 years.
In the wake of the US announcement that it will leave the Paris Climate Agreement, the UK’s decision to leave the EU is the last thing the international community needs. Not only could Brexit have a profoundly destabilising impact on global momentum to address climate change, the harder the Brexit, the greater the magnitude of the potential repercussions.
In the run-up to the Bratislava Summit of the EU 27 on 16 September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Address in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016 before members of the European Parliament, the College of Commissioners and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.