Speeches

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Today’s report provides a fresh opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and the work still ahead. For many years, the UNSGSA has championed financial technology as a pathway to greater prosperity and financial health. We now have more evidence that it is working.

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Video Message for the G20 GPFI 2022 Symposium

I warmly welcome the work of the GPFI this year in developing the implementation guide for the G20 High-Level for Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion. Renewing our commitment to support women, youth, and MSMEs is essential for inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth. We can help them… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks at the UNDP's Future of Digital Cooperation UNGA Side Event

By bringing the public and private sectors together around digital public goods, we can make real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.  Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Pre-Recorded Remarks for India Global Fintech Fest 2022

This sharp rise has been fueled by a technological revolution stretching across the world. New data from the Global Findex report shows the long reach of financial technology. From India to East Africa, even the smallest rural merchants are being paid and making payments with the mobile phones they… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks for the Egypt International Cooperation Forum

Climate change will be the most disruptive force to impact low-income households, women, and small businesses for decades to come. Add to this the knock-on effects of global conflict and soaring inflation, and it is clear that the world needs new solutions to help the most vulnerable build… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks at the AFM Conference: The Future of Financial Services Conduct Supervision

In the Netherlands, we have an efficient and quite competitive market; and the rules and regulations are clear. The key question is: how can we make sure that all this truly works for the benefit of customers; even with the changes that are forthcoming? Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks: Financial Inclusion - Addressing the Largest Gaps

At the World Economic Forum, the UNSGSA highlighted that good financial health means being more resilient to financial setbacks and better equipped to seize opportunities. A financially healthy population can recover faster on their own and relieve pressure on government safety nets. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks: Unlocking Capital at Scale for Digital Inclusion

Public and private sector financing is our best chance to mobilize the vast resources needed to provide affordable, accessible, and safe digital connections for everyone — especially the nearly 3 billion people still offline, said the UNSGSA at the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Virtual Keynote at Sustainable Banking and Finance Network 7th Global Meeting

UNSGSA Queen Máxima encouraged SBFN members to advance on an inclusive green finance agenda with a focus on the individual and household level during a virtual keynote address. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Pre-Recorded Remarks at GSMA's State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money Launch

Over the last decade, we have seen the transformative power of mobile money as a pathway to financial inclusion. Today, mobile money provides a means to transact for more than half of a billion active users in almost 100 countries around the world. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Pre-Recorded Keynote Address for the Women, Business, and the Law 2022 Launch

Queen Máxima emphasized the importance of reforms that promote gender equality in economic life to support sustainable development Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks on the Value of Inclusivity in Banking at ABN AMRO Event

The speech and event raised awareness about the barriers experienced by different female banking client groups in the Netherlands, as well as to discuss how to best address these barriers moving forward. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Virtual Remarks at the IFAD 45th Governing Council Session

The Special Advocate stresses the important role of financial inclusion, including through responsible tech-enabled innovations, to build resilience for rural communities in this virtual speech for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 45th Governing Council Session on 16… Read more