UNSGSA -UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development


As UNSGSA, Queen Máxima shares experiences across countries and connects people and institutions through speeches and published articles in addition to her meetings with national and global leaders. Through her speeches and published work, Queen Máxima has been an active and passionate voice for financial inclusion.


Statement at the Financial Inclusion Forum: Leaving No One Behind
Short statement from the UNSGSA for the symposium Finclusion.in.UA: “Financial Inclusion Forum — Leaving No One Behind” on 12 June 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. The statement was read by the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, H.E. E. Hoeks. Full text
Financial Inclusion Important for Aging Populations
In a video address for the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Opening Ceremony held on 7 June 2019 in Tokyo, the UNSGSA highlighted the importance of financial inclusion for aging populations and how technology can play a role. Full text
UNSGSA Opening Speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019
The UNSGSA's opening remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 highlighted how essential entrepreneurship is in creating employment, value and innovation while delivering products and services that people need around the world both in developing and developed countries. Full text
SSBs Can Have Positive Impact on People's Financial Lives
The UNSGSA co-chaired and delivered opening remarks at the Fifth High-Level Meeting on Financial Inclusion for global financial standard-setting bodies (SSBs) and the financial community at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on 27 May 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. Full text
Leveraging Financial Technology to Ensure Access to Healthcare
The UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) delivered her opening remarks on how can financial technology can be leveraged to ensure everyone around the world can access the healthcare they need. Full text
Digital Identification a Powerful Enabler of Financial Inclusion
Digital biometric identification offers a chance for unbanked adults to enter the formal financial system, by making it easier for them to meet requirements for opening accounts. In her remarks at the ID4D Event “Mission Billion: Transforming Countries and Empowering People Through Digital Identity” at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, the UNSGSA spoke about the potential of digital ID, as well as its challenges and risks. Full text
Innovative Financial Services for the Next Generation
Cape Town, South Africa In a video message to the third annual Arise conference in Cape Town, the UNSGSA highlighted several ways to increase financial inclusion among young people, including promoting new technologies that make banking easier, designing customer-centric products, and providing robust financial education. Full text


Why Does Financial Inclusion Matter for Women?
Buenos Aires, Argentina Women’s lack of access to financial services not only impedes their ability to fulfill their full potential, but also has broader consequences for the global economy. In her keynote address at a G20 side event on women’s financial inclusion, the UNSGSA highlighted the need to collect gender-disaggregated data on financial services, remove structural barriers to women’s access, ensure universal identification, and close the digital gender divide.  Full text
Financing Smallholder Farmers to Ensure the Global Food Supply
Utrecht, Netherlands As the world confronts the prospect of food shortages associated with climate change, supporting farmers is more vital than ever. At an event marking the 10th anniversary of IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative), the UNSGSA spoke about the need to reach smallholder farmers with the financing they need to increase their production and sustain their livelihoods. She urged financial institutions, agribusinesses, mobile network operators, and fintechs to join forces to deliver innovative financial solutions to rural areas.   Full text
Regulatory Tools to Tackle Fintech’s Challenges and Unleash Its Potential
Singapore In a video message to the Singapore Fintech Festival, the UNSGSA shared findings from her Fintech Working Group about how regulators can craft their own approaches to keep up with the fast pace of financial innovation. Highlighting the importance of learning from pioneering regulators who have used new tools to engage with fintech, she shared key messages from an upcoming report aimed at building regulatory capacity in developing and emerging economies. Full text
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