As Special Advocate, Queen Máxima is a leading global voice on advancing universal access to and responsible usage of affordable, effective and safe financial services. The UNSGSA raises awareness, serves as a convener, encourages leaders and supports actions to expand financial inclusion at a global and country level, all in close collaboration with partners from the public and private sector.
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Twenty-four percent of the world’s adults 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 quality 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.
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The UNSGSA highlights the remarkable difference that digital services can make to people’s lives for an UNGA side event.
For the world’s poor, access to digital financial services goes beyond convenience. It can be transformational.
One innovation can unleash a cascade of benefits. This is the holistic promise of inclusive finance, especially digital, said the UNSGSA.
The Special Advocate stressed the importance of financial health and digital financial inclusion.
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