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The report highlights how financial inclusion is more important than ever as societies continue to deal with the social and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Financial Health, Digitization for Development During COVID-19 among Issues in Focus for UNSGSA Queen Máxima at UN General Assembly

The UNSGSA will participate in a series of (in person and virtual) meetings and events during the 76th UN General Assembly held in New York. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima and Partners Publish Introductory Guidance for Policymakers on Financial Health

The publications are aimed at helping policymakers understand and measure financial health, notably in the context of financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Holds Virtual Meeting with BCEAO Governor Koné

The meeting provided an opportunity for the UNSGSA to continue to collaborate with Governor Koné to help advance financial inclusion throughout the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Issues around inclusive fintech, payments interoperability and regulatory modernization were of… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes Virtual Country Visit with Côte d'Ivoire

In bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Patrick Achi and other ministers, the Special Advocate explored how she and her partners could support and collaborate to jointly promote financial and digital inclusion in the country. She started the conversations with a pair virtual client visits. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Aims to Support Digital Financial Inclusion during Virtual Country Visit with Côte d'Ivoire

The Special Advocate will hold dialogue with key authorities and stakeholders about inclusive finance, as well as offer to support policy and infrastructure reforms to deepen digital financial inclusion—including to aid COVID-19 recovery. Read more

UN Special Advocate Queen Máxima Honored with Financial Health Visionary Award

Queen Máxima was chosen for her work as the Special Advocate promoting inclusive financial systems and raising awareness for the responsible development and usage of financial services—notably among underserved groups such as the poor, women, smallholder farmers and micro-, small and medium-sized… Read more

UN Special Advocate Queen Máxima Announced as the 2021 Financial Health Visionary Award Recipient

The Visionary Award is given to individuals who have shown unparalleled leadership in building a more accessible and inclusive financial system, and who seek to continue to inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders to innovate new solutions for the financially underserved. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima and Togolese PM, Ministers Discuss Boosting Digital Financial Inclusion

The Special Advocate and her partners offered to support Togo to promote financial inclusion going forward, specifically on the national financial inclusion strategy and priority projects around digital payments modernization. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Participate in Virtual Meetings with Leaders from Togo to Promote Digital Financial Inclusion

Queen Máxima plans to engage in discussions on efforts to promote digital financial inclusion, particularly as a component of COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Togo. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Holds Virtual Meetings with Reference Group of Financial Inclusion Advisors

Queen Máxima discussed a range of issues—including the ongoing role of inclusive finance in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts—with these advisory leaders representing a variety of development institutions, international financial institutions, and donors focused on financial inclusion.  Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Discuss Business Case for Financial Health at Private Sector Webinar

Financial health is a universal issue—relevant to both developed and emerging economies. Additionally, it is more urgent than ever due in part to the financial and economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which could potentially push 163 million people into extreme poverty. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Provide Remarks at Launch of Global Money Week 2021

The UNSGSA will highlight that financial literacy is an important component of a broad strategy to promote financial health. Read more