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.

Financial inclusion, integrity and stability


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
Regulating Innovation to Promote Financial Inclusion
Amsterdam, Netherlands The Special Advocate and Governor Klaas Knot of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) hosted a roundtable on fintech and financial Inclusion to discuss new regulatory approaches for financial innovation. They brought together 23 leaders from regulatory authorities, innovative fintech companies, standard-setting bodies, and development partners. Full text
How Can Data Propel Financial Inclusion for Women?
Washington, DC At a gathering focused on building gender-disaggregated data on women's financial inclusion, the Special Advocate noted the continuing gender gap in financial services as she urged governments and the private sector to take needed steps to change this. Data, she said, must be our starting point for change, and she encouraged strong commitments to developing this on both the supply and demand sides. Full text
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