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.

Bridging household and SME finance

2015

Sustaining and Strengthening the Private Sector’s Role in Financial Inclusion
Antalya, Turkey In a video address to the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, the Special Advocate noted growing support for and progress on financial inclusion, which will lay vital groundwork for the new Sustainable Development Goals, to be adopted shortly at the UN. However the process of making financial inclusion a reality remains complex, and the involvement of the private sector is vital for success. She emphasized that women and small businesses in particular warrant greater attention, and she praised the Turkish G20 presidency for its focus on private-sector engagement.   Full text
Harnessing Financial Education to Spur Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Paris, France The importance of small businesses can hardly be overstated, but improving the financial literacy of business owners is vital, the Special Advocate emphasized in a speech to an OECD/GFLEC symposium on financial literacy. Improving the skills of small business owners can unlock jobs and growth, and play a central role in sustainable, inclusive development.   Full text