On 18-19 January, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will travel to Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2023, held under the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”. She will participate in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).During the Annual Meeting, the Special Advocate will give remarks and input at an event titled “Financial Inclusion Beyond Access”. It will examine how technology innovations and cross-sector collaboration can help deliver quality financial services to underserved individuals and businesses.
The UNSGSA will also conduct high-level bilateral meetings with government representatives from various countries, as well as hold talks with important stakeholders from the private sector and international development organizations. This includes a meeting with the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP), a group she first convened at the WEF Annual Meeting 2018.
Queen Máxima’s discussions will focus on several key priority areas, including the importance of digital and financial inclusion to lead to broader economic opportunities, as well as good financial health and resilience.
As UNSGSA, Queen Máxima is a member of the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems and of the Steering Committee of the WEF’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium. Since 2021, the Special Advocate has also been a member of the EDISON Alliance, a WEF initiative aimed at fostering digital inclusion in areas such as healthcare, financial services, and education.
UNSGSA Queen Máxima previously attended the WEF Annual Meeting in May 2022.