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.

2019

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
Innovative Financial Services for the Next Generation
Cape Town, South Africa In a video message to the third annual Arise conference in Cape Town, the UNSGSA highlighted several ways to increase financial inclusion among young people, including promoting new technologies that make banking easier, designing customer-centric products, and providing robust financial education. Full text

2018

Why Does Financial Inclusion Matter for Women?
Buenos Aires, Argentina Women’s lack of access to financial services not only impedes their ability to fulfill their full potential, but also has broader consequences for the global economy. In her keynote address at a G20 side event on women’s financial inclusion, the UNSGSA highlighted the need to collect gender-disaggregated data on financial services, remove structural barriers to women’s access, ensure universal identification, and close the digital gender divide.  Full text
Financing Smallholder Farmers to Ensure the Global Food Supply
Utrecht, Netherlands As the world confronts the prospect of food shortages associated with climate change, supporting farmers is more vital than ever. At an event marking the 10th anniversary of IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative), the UNSGSA spoke about the need to reach smallholder farmers with the financing they need to increase their production and sustain their livelihoods. She urged financial institutions, agribusinesses, mobile network operators, and fintechs to join forces to deliver innovative financial solutions to rural areas.   Full text
Regulatory Tools to Tackle Fintech’s Challenges and Unleash Its Potential
Singapore In a video message to the Singapore Fintech Festival, the UNSGSA shared findings from her Fintech Working Group about how regulators can craft their own approaches to keep up with the fast pace of financial innovation. Highlighting the importance of learning from pioneering regulators who have used new tools to engage with fintech, she shared key messages from an upcoming report aimed at building regulatory capacity in developing and emerging economies. 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
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
Utilizing Technology and Reaching Underserved Populations
Buenos Aires, Argentina In a message to attendees at a special seminar on financial inclusion organized by Banco de la Nación prior to the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, the UNSGSA urged participants to use innovative approaches to reach women, farmers, the poor, and other financially excluded populations. These include digital technologies, banking agents, and mobile money. She also noted that access to financial services can speed progress on global development goals.  Full text