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H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)

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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Financial Inclusion

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.

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