The Special Advocate and President Ramaphosa explored avenues to deepen cooperation to advance women’s digital and financial inclusion, and women’s economic empowerment, throughout the African continent. Digital financial services for underserved groups have been critical to respond and rebuild from the pandemic.

International Women’s Day: UNSGSA to Deliver Virtual Remarks at Call to Action for Reaching Financial Equality Event

UN Women anticipated that 47 million more women and girls worldwide have fallen into poverty as a result of COVID-19, which could raise the overall total to 435 million women and girls living on less than $1.90 per day (2020). Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Virtually Discuss Digital Currencies at World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda 2021

The Special Advocate regularly discusses how new digital forms of money could contribute to better access to and safe use of financial services. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva Hold Virtual Bilateral Meeting on Financial Inclusion

The meeting touched upon the IMF’s work on fintech, women’s financial inclusion, and emerging issues around digital financial services such as algorithm biases and cybersecurity. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Conduct Virtual Country Visit with Senegal to Promote Financial Inclusion

In Senegal, 42% have access to formal financial services, either through a traditional bank or agent banking, according to the 2017 World Bank Global Findex. The virtual visit will take place 19-21 January. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima, BCEAO Governor Koné Discuss Financial Inclusion Opportunities in WAEMU Region

The Special Advocate and Governor Koné discussed the implementation of BCEAO’s current financial inclusion strategy, how to expand digital financial services to rural areas, and ongoing projects to promote payments interoperability and the fintech sector. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Hold Virtual Meeting with Bank of Mexico Governor

UNSGSA Queen Máxima and Bank of Mexico Governor Alejandro Díaz de León to hold bilateral meeting on deepening cooperation on key financial inclusion issues. Read more

UNSGSA Launches Working Group on Financial Health

The need to promote financial health has become particularly evident amidst the financial and economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This global crisis has exposed not only the vulnerability of those who are excluded from the financial system but also the need to ensure that those who are… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Holds Virtual Meetings on Financial Inclusion in Mexico with Ministry of Finance, CNBV

Dialogue was focused on how to promote inclusive finance, in line with Mexico’s National Policy for Financial Inclusion, which was published in March 2020. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Meets with Italian Leadership, Stresses Importance of Financial Inclusion to 2021 G20 Presidency

The Special Advocate commended Italy for its role in prioritizing digital financial inclusion and SME finance. Further, the UNSGSA noted with well regard the Italian Presidency’s commitment to put the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 at the top of its agenda. The UNSGSA has emphasized… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Deliver Remarks on Importance of Financial Inclusion to Enable Healthy Diets at FAO Seminar

The Special Advocate has focused on agricultural finance and smallholder farmers. She is scheduled to deliver virtual remarks for the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) special seminar on food and nutrition on 25 November 2020. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Deliver Virtual Opening Remarks at ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is scheduled to virtually deliver opening remarks at the ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit: “Women’s Role in Building a Cohesive, Dynamic, Sustainable, and Inclusive ASEAN Community in a Post COVID-19 World” on 12 November 2020. She will speak in her capacity as the… Read more

UNSGSA and Advisors Discuss COVID-19’s Impact on Financial Inclusion

Members of the UNSGSA Reference Group met virtually with Queen Máxima on October 27 to discuss the many challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for financial inclusion, and to share updates since the group’s last virtual meeting in April. Read more