Speeches

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Research demonstrates that childhood financial experiences heavily influence adult financial well-being. The financial education of our daughters and sons represents the most effective path to instill and nurture sound financial behavior in future grownups.

The Power of Financial Inclusion for Development

UNSGSA Queen Máxima's opening remarks at the Financial Inclusion for Development: Building on 10 Year of Progress Event at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Read more

UNSGSA Opening Remarks at the 26th Egmont Group Plenary

"Going forward, it is essential that we continue to promote AML/CFT regulation and supervision that is proportionate to the risks. I can think of three areas where members of the Egmont Group can foster both financial integrity and financial inclusion." - UNSGSA Read more

World Has Extraordinary Opportunity to Unleash the Economic Potential of Women

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), delivered remarks at a G20 Leaders’ Summit Side Event on Women’s Empowerment in Osaka, Japan. Read more

UNSGSA Statement at the Financial Inclusion Forum: Leaving No One Behind

"People need to be able to access and responsibly use a broad range of tools such as savings, credit, insurance, and payments. This is particularly true for hard-to-reach groups like the poor, women, and the rural." - UNSGSA Read more

Financial Inclusion Important for Aging Populations

"The world’s population is aging rapidly. Globally, people over 60 or over represent the fastest growing age group. This group is expected to more than double by 2050. And the ratio of workers to retirees will be halved from today’s 8-to-1, to 4-to-1 by 2050." - UNSGSA Read more

UNSGSA Opening Speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

"An entrepreneurial culture is the foundation to any thriving economy and society." - UNSGSA Read more

SSBs Can Have Positive Impact on People's Financial Lives

"Research from the BIS, IMF, and CGAP demonstrates how financial inclusion reinforces the core objectives of financial regulators, including stability, integrity, competition, and consumer protection." Read more

Leveraging Financial Technology to Ensure Access to Healthcare

"Roughly 100 million people globally are pushed into extreme poverty every year due to health expenses. When you are poor, you are more likely to have poorer health. In turn, poor health pulls you deeper into poverty. This is a vicious cycle that we need to break." Read more

Digital Identification a Powerful Enabler of Financial Inclusion

"Unique biometric digital identification can be a powerful enabler of financial inclusion." - UNSGSA Read more

Innovative Financial Services for the Next Generation

Video speech at the 3rd Annual Arise Conference. Read more

Why Does Financial Inclusion Matter for Women?

Keynote Speech at the G20 Side Event: Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion. Read more

Financing Smallholder Farmers to Ensure the Global Food Supply

Speech at the IDH 10-Year Event: The Future of Sustainable Trade Read more