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.


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
Financial Inclusion Important for Aging Populations
In a video address for the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Opening Ceremony held on 7 June 2019 in Tokyo, the UNSGSA highlighted the importance of financial inclusion for aging populations and how technology can play a role. Full text
UNSGSA Opening Speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019
The UNSGSA's opening remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 highlighted how essential entrepreneurship is in creating employment, value and innovation while delivering products and services that people need around the world both in developing and developed countries. Full text
SSBs Can Have Positive Impact on People's Financial Lives
The UNSGSA co-chaired and delivered opening remarks at the Fifth High-Level Meeting on Financial Inclusion for global financial standard-setting bodies (SSBs) and the financial community at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on 27 May 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. Full text
Leveraging Financial Technology to Ensure Access to Healthcare
The UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) delivered her opening remarks on how can financial technology can be leveraged to ensure everyone around the world can access the healthcare they need. Full text
Digital Identification a Powerful Enabler of Financial Inclusion
Digital biometric identification offers a chance for unbanked adults to enter the formal financial system, by making it easier for them to meet requirements for opening accounts. In her remarks at the ID4D Event “Mission Billion: Transforming Countries and Empowering People Through Digital Identity” at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, the UNSGSA spoke about the potential of digital ID, as well as its challenges and risks. Full text
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