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.

Financial inclusion data

2009

Access to Finance Project Launch
Istanbul, Turkey At the launch of the IMF commitment to collecting a new set of financial indicators worldwide through the Access to Finance Project, the UNSGSA discussed how inclusive finance can be achieved through the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders on national strategies. To develop those strategies, high-quality, comparative data on access to financial services is needed to identify knowledge gaps and policy priorities, monitor the effectiveness of policies over time, and better understand the impact of financial access.   Full text

2013

Address at Unilever's "Post-2015 A New Global Partnership” Dinner
New York The UNSGSA explained that she focuses on inclusive finance because it is a means to achieve urgent development goals like food security, healthcare and environmental sustainability. She said that without infrastructure like roads and a stable financial sector, it will be very difficult to achieve any development goal. The private sector, both multinational and also SMEs, as well as knowledge institutions will be important partners to achieving these important outcomes--and for reaching scale and sustainability. She called attention to issues affecting both supply and demand, from the enabling environment to infrastructure for low-cost services, as well as products that meet client demands and have development impact.  Full text
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