The roundtable convened prominent leaders from European financial services providers (FSPs) to discuss the state of consumer financial health in key markets and explore innovative business solutions. The meeting also considered ways for FSPs to assess the financial health of their clients.

Kenya: UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes Visit that Highlighted Opportunities to Boost Financial Health, Resilience and DPI

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands capped a three-day trip to Kenya on Wednesday with an aim to advance safe, equitable, and affordable access to quality digital financial services — including savings accounts, credit, payments, and insurance — for every Kenyan. She was visiting in her role as… Read more

In Kenya, UNSGSA Queen Máxima Meets with President Ruto after Visiting Farmers Using Digital Financial Services

UNSGSA Queen Máxima visited with smallholder farmers near Lake Victoria in Kenya, before an afternoon meeting with President Ruto, to open a three-day visit to Kenya to promote financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Visit to Focus on Potential of Digital Financial Services to Increase Access, Improve Financial Well-Being and Resilience for Kenyans

UNSGSA Queen Máxima will meet with key public and private sector leaders to help identify how she can continue to support and collaborate on various financial inclusion issues that impact Kenyan communities. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Conduct Fireside Chat at FMO’s Future of Finance Conference

A fireside chat with the UNSGSA will focus on three of her key policy priorities, including inclusive digital finance, financial health, and inclusive green finance. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Presents Secretary-General Guterres with 2023 Annual Report at United Nations

Crafted around "Creating a Path Toward Resilience and Opportunity," UNSGSA Queen Máxima presented her new Annual Report to UN Secretary-General António Guterres at UN headquarters in New York. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Visit the United Nations in New York

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit United Nations headquarters in New York from Monday evening, August 28, to Tuesday, August 29, in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Read more

Smita Aggarwal appointed as Director of UNSGSA Office

Smita Aggarwal has been announced as the new Director of the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Ends Financial Inclusion Visit to Brazil with Focus on Building Resilience, Financial Health

High on the agenda was how to build upon the momentum for financial inclusion in Brazil, where 84% of adults now have access to a formal financial account (Findex 2021)—representing a rise from 70% in 2017 and 56% in 2011. Queen Máxima emphasized the importance of Brazil’s ongoing pro-competition… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Champion Financial Inclusion Priorities, Emphasize Financial Health on Brazil Visit

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), will visit Brazil on 4-7 June 2023. The UNSGSA will promote ways for access to financial services to increase safe and effective participation in the… Read more

New UNSGSA Working Group Report Outlines a Policy and Advocacy Framework for Inclusive Green Finance

This new report examines how access and usage of financial services can help build resilience in the face of climate shocks, while also providing opportunities to participate in green economic sectors. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Champion Digital Public Infrastructure, Financial Health at IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings

UNSGSA Queen Máxima will head to Washington D.C. on 13-14 April 2023 to participate in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG). Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Wraps Up Visit to Morocco

Financial inclusion remains a priority issue in Morocco. In 2021, 44% of adults in the country had access to formal financial services, according to the World Bank Global Findex (2021). This represented an increase from 29% in 2017, largely from traditional accounts in financial institutions—mobile… Read more