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.

Financial inclusion, integrity and stability

2018

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

2017

Inclusive Technology for an Inclusive Future
Singapore   In a keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Festival, the Special Advocate spoke to fintech innovators from around the world about the responsibility—and opportunity—to help extend financial services to 2 billion excluded people. While emphasizing the great promise fintech holds for global financial inclusion, she also noted serious risks such as data privacy, fraud, the technology gap, and more. In order for fintech to work for financial inclusion, she stressed, we need to build the right infrastructure. Full text
Creating Nigeria’s Success Story: Mobile Money, Agents, and the Way Forward for Financial Inclusion
Abuja, Nigeria   As Nigeria begins to rethink and re-energize its national financial inclusion strategy in order to amplify its impact, what steps could it take to really speed progress? In a keynote address to a financial inclusion workshop, the Special Advocate highlighted the potential impact of expanding mobile money, widening the scale of agent networks that provide mobile money, and adjusting regulations to allow mobile network operators to provide mobile money services.     Full text
From Committment to Strategy: Building Financial Inclusion in Viet Nam
Hanoi, Viet Nam During her country visit to Viet Nam, the Special Advocate joined a discussion on preparations for the national financial inclusion strategy. She opened the session with remarks lauding the State Bank’s initiatives to expand financial inclusion but noted that less than a third of adults have bank accounts. Some particularly promising solutions are tied to digital technology, which could allow Viet Nam to leapfrog into digital finance. This leap will need to be anchored by a strong national strategy, supported by high-level government champions, and coordinated by committed ministries. Full text
Where Do We Stand with Financial Literacy
Paris At the launch of the OECD's PISA 2015 financial literacy assessment of students, the Special Advocate addressed the importance of young people's ability to make financial decisions about their lives. It is essential to prepare the next generation for economic citizenship. But PISA results show the danger of an increasing gap between advantaged and disadvanted youth--data that poses a call to action. Full text