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


Keynote Remarks at the Identification for Development (ID4D) Mission Billion Event at the Virtual World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings 21 October 2020
The Special Advocate discussed the importance of identification during COVID-19 and the timely opportunity to invest in ID systems as part of a transformational set of digital public goods to empower women, informal workers, and other vulnerable groups. Full text
Keynote Remarks at G7 Event on Catalyzing Digital Financial Services for Women Across Africa
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 Assembly (UNGA). The focus of the event was on catalyzing digital financial services for women across Africa by supporting recovery, resilience, and innovation during COVID-19. Full text


Remarks at the Launch of the Ehsaas Financial Inclusion Strategy
In a speech at the launch of Pakistan’s new Ehsaas Financial Inclusion Strategy, the Special Advocate applauded the country’s efforts to bring more people into the formal financial system. She emphasized the need for improved connectivity to digital financial technology, with a particular focus on making sure women have access to these tools.   Full text
Remarks at the Launch of Pakistan’s Micropayment Gateway
In her remarks at the launch of a micropayments gateway in Pakistan that will enable customers of any provider to conduct digital transactions with each other, the UNSGSA highlighted the role this platform will play in increasing financial inclusion in the country. Full text
Inclusive Fintech: Our Best Opportunity to Improve Financial Lives
Speech of Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as the Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development at the Singapore Fintech Festival 2019. Full text
Closing the MSME Finance Gap: Opening Remarks at the 5th Global SME Finance Forum
In her opening remarks at the 5th Annual Global SME Finance Forum, the UNSGSA explained that 40% of formal MSMEs in emerging economies still lack the financing they needto expand their businesses, and outlined innovative solutions for closing this gap. Full text
The Power of Financial Inclusion for Development
Opening remarks at the Financial Inclusion for Development: Building on 10 Year of Progress event at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Full text
UNSGSA Opening Remarks at the 26th Egmont Group Plenary
Financial inclusion and integrity are complementary. The use of payments, savings, credit and insurance from the formal sector not only results in more reliable and cheaper services for people—it also makes their transactions more traceable, reducing the risk of money laundering and financing of terrorism. Full text
World Has Extraordinary Opportunity to Unleash the Economic Potential of Women
The Special Advocate highlights actions to economically empower women and introduces the W20 Acceleration Platform for Women’s Economic Empowerment during a side event at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Osaka, Japan. Full text
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
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