UN Special Advocate Queen Máxima Virtually Presents 2020 Annual Report to Secretary-General
The UNSGSA virtually presented her 2020 Annual Report to Secretary-General António Guterres on 8 October 2020.
A key theme emphasized throughout the latest report is the important role of financial inclusion, particularly digital financial inclusion, in the context of COVID-19. It outlines that inclusive finance is especially relevant for underserved groups such as women, low-wage workers, and MSMEs, which have a heightened vulnerability to the impacts of COVID-19.Read more
UNSGSA Delivers Keynote Remarks at ID4D Mission Billion Event
The Special Advocate discussed the importance of identification during COVID-19 and the timely opportunity to invest in ID systems as part of a transformational set of digital public goods to empower women, informal workers, and other vulnerable groups.
Queen Máxima Delivers Keynote for G7 Partnership Event
The Special Advocate virtually provided keynote remarks for a G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa event. The focus of the event was on catalyzing digital financial services for women across Africa by supporting recovery, resilience, and innovation during COVID-19.
Watch: UNSGSA Interview on CNN International
Queen Máxima speaks with CNN International's Julia Chatterley about financial inclusion, notably digital, and its importance in the time of COVID-19 in this exclusive interview in parallel with the 75th United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2020.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).
As Special Advocate, Queen Máxima champions universal access to affordable, effective, and safe financial services for the poor. Collaborating closely with global and national partners, she raises awareness, encourages leadership, works to break down barriers, and supports action to expand financial inclusion. Queen Máxima is also honorary patron of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and serves as a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Global Financial System. In the Netherlands, she is a member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance and honorary chair of the Dutch Money Wise Platform.Read more
Thirty-one percent of the world’s adults—1.7 billion people—struggle to get by without the basic financial services they need to protect themselves against hardship and invest in their futures.
Financial inclusion seeks to unlock development opportunity and improve the lives of all, especially the poor, by expanding access to catalytic financial tools.
Affordable, effective, and safe financial services—savings, insurance, payments, credit, and more—can play a transformative role by fostering equitable growth and furthering vital development goals such as poverty reduction, job creation, gender equality, and food security.
Financial inclusion can support families when they confront unexpected setbacks and help them work their way out of poverty. It can permit small entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create jobs. And it can allow societies and economies to grow stronger and more inclusive.
Financial inclusion cannot end poverty and inequality on its own, but it can contribute significantly to building better lives and more resilient communities. By opening a path to empowerment and opportunity for all, an inclusive financial system is essential infrastructure for every country.Read more