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.

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Building Opportunity for Women and Advancing Development through Financial Inclusion
Washington, DC, USA Social and economic development goals can only be achieved if women are fully engaged and empowered. Financial services play an important role in making this a reality.  In this context, rural women deserve particular attention and support. Queen Máxima commended the many stakeholders who have recognized this and are responding with products and policies designed for women. She also drew attention to the importance of helping women build resilience for themselves and their families, such as against illness and other emergencies. Full text
Transforming Excess Liquidity into Finance for SMEs in Emerging Markets
Amsterdam, the Netherlands Speaking in her capacity as the UNSGSA and Honorary Patron of the G20 GPFI, Queen Máxima congratulated TCX on its work to strengthen local financial institutions and called for greater efforts considering that about 200 million enterprises in emerging markets lack access to finance.  The Queen challenged participants to work on strengthening financial infrastructure in emerging markets and to help develop financial and securities markets thus addressing the mismatch between demand for loans and excess involuntary liquidity in local banks.   Full text
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
Financial Inclusion to Advance Food Security and Rural Development
Rome, Italy Queen Máxima highlighted best practices and emerging opportunities for access to financial services that can advance the mandates of the Rome-based UN agencies to end poverty and hunger.  In addition to credit to increase crop production, financial services such as savings and insurance are needed to build resilience to shocks such as price fluctuations or natural disasters.  Diverse financial services are also needed to boost overall income generating opportunities in rural areas, and for access to basic needs such as health, education and housing.  She urged attention to smallholder farmers and women in particular. Concrete opportunities include working together as UN agencies to bring agriculture agendas into national strategic planning processes for financial inclusion, and vice-versa, and to embed financial inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda, which will shape international and domestic priorities for years to come. Full text


UNSGSA Speech to the 8th International Microinsurance Conference
Tanzania The UNSGSA highlighted that the growth of the microinsurance industry, beyond an exclusive focus on microcredit, is evidence of how much progress has been made in financial inclusion. She emphasized the importance of microinsurance delivering value and growing carefully, while maintaining client trust, as key to the success of this relatively new field. Successful pilots should be scaled up at the right time to achieve scale. She noted the importance of coordination with other sectors and stakeholders, and the integration of insurance into national financial inclusion strategies.  Full text
Making Financial Inclusion a Reality in Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria The UNSGSA joined the Vice-President of Nigeria and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to launch Nigeria’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy, acknowledging its significance in changing the future for millions of Nigerians. In her remarks, the UNSGSA encouraged all stakeholders to work together and across sectors in order to ensure the success of the Strategy.   Full text