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

Speeches

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.

Diverse financial services

2010

On the Occasion of the Reception offered by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia The UNSGSA noted the fundamental importance of a well-developed, inclusive financial sector. She observed that SME s are critical to employment creation and should not be considered in a silo apart from microfinance. Further, she called for collaboration across public and private dimensions and across ministries in order to deliver the right products at the right price in the right place to more people. She encouraged attention to savings, broadening access to finance across the value chain, and supporting banking innovations that advance development and financial infrastructure.   Full text

2013

Partnerships to Achieve Financial Inclusion for Development
Bali, Indonesia Lack of access to financial services remains a significant hindrance for households and small and medium sized enterprises. The UNSGSA demonstrated how financial inclusion is a critical enabler and accelerator of equitable economic growth, job creation and achievement of a variety of development goals including education, health, and housing. She urged the Panel members to integrate this cross-cutting issue into the post-2015 development agenda. An inclusive financial system is essential infrastructure in all countries.  She calls for universal access to financial services, proposing a global target of 90% by 2030 along with a set of indicators that measure development impacts. Full text