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.

Responsible finance and financial literacy

2013

Accelerating Development through Inclusive and Responsible Financial Systems
Moscow, Russia The UNSGSA highlighted the enabling role of financial services in moving millions of families out of poverty, but also the increasing gap in financial capability. She noted that financial education, consumer protection, and responsible finance must go hand in hand with increased access. The UNSGSA also highlighted the role of national strategies in bringing all of these separate elements together, and encouraged cross-sector coordination among stakeholders. Full text

2014

Address to Reserve Bank of India
Mumbai, India Addressing the Bank's governor and board, the UNSGSA noted that India has all elements in place to achieve full financial inclusion. Significant potential lies with pilots that are moving government social and welfare payments from cash to electronic means. She emphasized the importance of designing products that address client needs, and noted that government policies can support private-sector providers in this process. Multi-faceted financial education will also be necessary to strengthen client safety and build demand.   Full text
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