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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.

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

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Presents 2020 Annual Report to Secretary-General

A key theme emphasized throughout the Special Advocate’s latest report is the important role of financial inclusion, particularly digital financial inclusion, in the context of COVID-19. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Deliver Keynote Remarks for ID4D Event at Virtual World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), will deliver the keynote remarks at the Identification for Development (ID4D) event “Inclusive Digital ID for a Resilient Recovery from COVID-19” at the Virtual World Bank Group… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Delivers Keynote for G7 Partnership Event on Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa during COVID-19

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), virtually provided keynote remarks for a G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa event on 23 September 2020 during the 75th UN General… Read more

UNSGSA Office Announces Pia Roman Tayag as New Director

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is very pleased to welcome Ms. Pia Bernadette Roman Tayag as the new Director of the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). In her new role, Pia will lead the team that supports… Read more

Study Highlights How Policymakers Use Gender-Disaggregated Data to Design Effective Women’s Financial Inclusion Policies

There is a 7% gender gap globally in account ownership between men and women, 9% account in developing economies, according to the 2017 Global Findex (World Bank Group). Collecting gender-disaggregated data on access and usage of financial services provides vital information to reduce this divide,… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima, CEOs Explore How to Enhance Economic Resilience of Low-Income Customers, Small Businesses during COVID-19

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), recently met virtually with the leaders of the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP) to discuss members' various response efforts to COVID-19. The… Read more

Financial Inclusion in the Context of COVID-19

The world is facing a global health and economic crisis. The new coronavirus is taking a severe toll on our societies, claiming people’s lives and livelihoods, with long-term implications on global and national economies. In the words of Secretary-General António Guterres, “we are facing a global… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Take Part in Meeting in Indonesia on Access to Financial Services

On March 9 in Jakarta, Her Majesty Queen Máxima will speak with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, and with national and regional CEOs of several multinationals, about progress in Indonesia in providing broad access to financial services. She is taking part in these… Read more