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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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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Private sector innovators can use fintech as a tool for greater financial inclusion and improving financial health.
The COVID-19 crisis has created an appetite in many countries to invest in key digital public goods.
The speech highlighted, among other things, how financial literacy is an important component of a broad strategy to promote financial health.
The Special Advocate appeared on First Move with Julia Chatterley to discuss financial inclusion during COVID-19.
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