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.

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

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Provide Video Message for Pakistan Fintech Summit 2021

Queen Máxima's message will focus on highlighting the significant potential to build on the existing digital infrastructure to spur financial inclusion in Pakistan. Read more

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 Holds Virtual Meeting with South African President Ramaphosa to Discuss Financial Inclusion on the African Continent

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… 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