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.

2013

Delivering on Financial Inclusion for Development: Reaching Scale, Rural Areas and Women
Amsterdam, the Netherlands The UNSGSA congratulated CGAP on its new strategy and recognized the important role of the organization in disseminating knowledge and best practices on financial inclusion. She highlighted the significant progress that has been made over the last few years and suggested priorities going forward, including getting to scale, private sector engagement, and a focus on rural areas and women. Queen Máxima reminded participants about the importance of engaging in the Post-2015 development process around the essential role inclusive finance can play in supporting poverty alleviation.  Full text

2016

Digital Financial Inclusion, Financial Exclusion, and De-risking: A Conversation with the SSBs
Basel, Switzerland Speaking at a gathering of the Standard-setting Bodies in Basel, the Special Advocate raised a set of issues that loom large for the global regulators: digital financial inclusion--specifically fintech-- financial exclusion, and de-risking.  Noting that the SSBs play a crucial role in guiding policies related to each of these concerns, she discussed some of the major issues they present in regard to regulation and potential impact on financial inclusion. Full text

2019

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

2016

For Prosperidad Inclusiva, Implementing Financial Inclusion in Mexico
Mexico City The Special Advocate joined the launch of Mexico's National Financial Inclusion Plan and delivered a keynote address in which she praised the country's efforts to lay the groundwork for the new plan. She pinpointed several areas for future work that offer great promise. Full text

2014

Discurso en ocasión de la presentación de la estrategia nacional de Colombia para la inclusión financiera
Bogotá, Colombia Queen Máxima congratulated Colombia on the progress it has made during the past ten years. Today, financial institutions are present in 99% of municipalities and there has been a two-fold increase in loan accounts.   The UNSGSA noted that for all this success, more needs to be done to include all Colombians, especially those in rural and crisis-affected areas, and the poorest.  She highlighted the essential role of financial services to connecting people in these areas to the same development opportunities that the rest of the country enjoys.  The Queen emphasized that a national financial inclusion strategy will enable the Government to respond directly to the people’s needs, business growth and the country’s potential.  It will also engage all stakeholders around a shared vision.  She expressed her appreciation of having joined the first meeting of the national Financial Education Committee.  Financial education, responsible practices and product information are important elements in building a stable, inclusive financial system. (Speech presented in Spanish) Full text

2016

Discurso sobre Inclusión Financiera para el Desarrollo en la Universidad Católica de Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina Excelencia, Excellentie, familia, amigos,queridos alumnos, señoras y señores: Realmente es un honor estar de vuelta con ustedes, no como estu-diante matricula 387/389 pero como la Asesora Especial del Secreta-rio General de las Naciones Unidas sobre Inclusión Financiera para el Desarrollo. Y puedo decir que esta Universidad me dio las bases aca-demicas para abordar este tema que esta cambiando las realidades de millones de personas en el mundo. Full text

2014

El crecimiento del espíritu empresarial en Perú a través de la inclusión y la educación financiera
Lima, Perú Queen Máxima congratulated the program partners and participants, noting that Peruvian women are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit and the large role of SMEs in Peru’s economy.  The Queen underscored the importance of financial services for SMEs to grow and thrive. The training programs demonstrate all that can be achieved when women are given opportunity, financial services and the right support.   Queen Máxima commended Peru’s regulatory framework and encouraged extending access to rural areas and low-income populations by reducing costs and developing products that meet the needs of local businesses and entrepreneurs.  Preparing a national strategy for financial inclusion will help consolidate progress and unite government agencies and the private sector around a shared vision for an inclusive financial system for all Peruvians. (Speech presented in Spanish) Full text

2012

European SME Week Summit: Women’s Entrepreneurship Makes Business Sense
Brussels, Belguim Together with the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation the UNSGSA drew attention to the importance of female micro and small entrepreneurs to the economy. She pointed out that their success depends not only on access to finance, but also on coaching and training. Women often make up a large proportion of small business owners, but have different risk behaviors and access to finance than men. This should be taken into account when designing financial products, training curriculum and other support initiatives. Full text

2018

Expandiendo la inclusión financiera en América Latina y el Caribe a través de la tecnología
Barranquilla, Colombia Fintech presents valuable opportunities to expand financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean, said the UNSGSA in a video address to policymakers and financial sector leaders gathered in Colombia for the Foromic conference. To capitalize on these opportunities, the UNSGSA emphasized the need for dialogue between fintechs and regulators, robust infrastructure that allows innovation to flourish, and a commitment from the the private sector to build trust among customers. Full text
Expanding Financial Inclusion through Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean
Barranquilla, Colombia Fintech presents valuable opportunities to expand financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean, said the UNSGSA in a video address to policymakers and financial sector leaders gathered in Colombia for the Foromic conference. To capitalize on these opportunities, the UNSGSA emphasized the need for dialogue between fintechs and regulators, robust infrastructure that allows innovation to flourish, and a commitment from the the private sector to build trust among customers. Full text