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UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Provide Virtual Keynote Speech at Nigeria National Financial Inclusion Conference

Nigeria will launch its updated National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) at the event, in addition to its national fintech strategy and strategy for leveraging agent networks to drive women’s financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes Visit to Tanzania

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), is pictured meeting with women who utilized a digital finance model called MomCare to access healthcare at Charlotte… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Visit Tanzania to Promote Financial Inclusion

In close collaboration with key leaders and stakeholders, the UNSGSA will promote and support a range of financial inclusion priorities. There will be an emphasis on the country’s national financial inclusion framework and enabling an inclusive digital economy. Focus will be on support for… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima and U.S. Acting Comptroller of the Currency Hsu Co-Host Financial Health Meeting in Washington D.C.

Attendees discussed a range of topics related to financial health, including how to properly measure it and how measurement can inform product design, how to improve financial health for traditionally underserved or marginalized groups, and the role of and benefits for the private sector to boost… Read more

Digital Public Goods, Financial Health to be High on Agenda during UNSGSA Queen Máxima Visit to Annual Meetings

Throughout the visit, the Special Advocate will reinforce the importance of digital financial inclusion and key digital public goods—including connectivity, cybersecurity, and digital IDs. The Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Keynote Address on Digital Public Goods, Financial Health to Open Sibos 2022 in Amsterdam

In her speech, the UNSGSA is expected to emphasize the need to ensure that financial inclusion improves people’s financial health and resilience, including the key role of the private sector on this front, as well as discuss the importance of digital financial inclusion and key digital public goods… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Meets with European Commissioner Vestager about Digital Public Goods

Discussion focused on the importance of digital public goods for improving access to and secure use of digital financial services. The European Commissioner’s portfolio includes digitization. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Presents New Annual Report to Secretary-General, Champions Financial Inclusion at UNGA

The Special Advocate presented her new Annual Report to Secretary-General António Guterres during the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Attend 77th UN General Assembly to Promote Financial Inclusion

The Special Advocate is scheduled to meet with representatives from various countries, along with other leaders from the UN and the private sector, to help advance and support their financial inclusion priorities. Read more

UNSGSA to Meet with India Leadership about Importance of Financial Inclusion and Digital Public Infrastructure to 2023 G20 Presidency

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), will meet with leaders of the 2023 India G20 Presidency in New Delhi on 29 August 2022. The Special Advocate is Honorary Patron of the G20… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Wraps up West Africa Trip in Senegal with Fintech, Financial Health and SMEs at Top of the Agenda

While in Senegal, the UNSGSA met with high-level officials, international development partners, and private sector leaders to discuss how to best support efforts in the country to boost digital and financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes Visit to Côte d'Ivoire to Support Digital and Financial Inclusion

UNSGSA Queen Máxima had the opportunity to meet with several members of a Village Savings and Loan Association, a group of 25 women living in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, while on a field visit on 13 June 2022. Photo credit Patrick Van KatwijkH.M. Queen Máxima of… Read more