The UNSGSA’s activities will be centered around several key priority areas, including the pivotal role of digital and financial inclusion—especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic—in contributing to good financial health, resilience and increased economic opportunities.

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Co-Chairs, Delivers Virtual Remarks for High-Level Meeting with Financial Standard-Setting Bodies

Queen Máxima routinely engages with SSBs on how to best support and incorporate financial inclusion into their agendas. Overall, this was the sixth high-level meeting on financial inclusion that the UNSGSA has helped convene between SSBs and stakeholders in financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Welcomes South Africa's Minister Pandor to Discuss Women’s Digital and Financial Inclusion Collaboration in Africa

The Special Advocate met with South Africa Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor to discuss collaborating to support and strengthen South Africa’s commitment to promoting women’s digital and financial inclusion on the African continent. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Encourage Gender Inclusive Business Models in Agricultural Sector

In most developing countries, women produce 60-80% of food and account for half of global food production, according to the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Yet these women often lack decision-making power. In addition, they have limited access to financial resources, for… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Attend G20 Summit in Rome

In the presence of government leaders, UNSGSA Queen Máxima will highlight what is needed for the recovery and growth of small businesses, including how to make them more financially resilient. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Co-Hosts BIS Virtual Roundtable on Central Bank Digital Currencies and Financial Inclusion

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), joined Benoît Cœuré, Head of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub, to co-host a virtual roundtable meeting on central bank digital… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Discuss Importance of Building an Inclusive Financial System at 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

The Special Advocate is expected to highlight that an inclusive financial system offers equal access to safe, affordable and quality financial services to help people build better lives for themselves and their families. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Stress Financial Inclusion’s Role in Mitigating Climate Risk for EU Sustainable Investment Summit

The UNSGSA’s virtual message is expected to convey the importance of innovative and inclusive finance in building resilience for the underserved. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Provide Virtual Opening Remarks at G20 GPFI Event on Vulnerabilities in a Post-Pandemic World

The event will be held under the theme of coping with new and old vulnerabilities in a post-pandemic world. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Presents 2021 Annual Report to Secretary-General During UN General Assembly

The report highlights how financial inclusion is more important than ever as societies continue to deal with the social and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

Financial Health, Digitization for Development During COVID-19 among Issues in Focus for UNSGSA Queen Máxima at UN General Assembly

The UNSGSA will participate in a series of (in person and virtual) meetings and events during the 76th UN General Assembly held in New York. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima and Partners Publish Introductory Guidance for Policymakers on Financial Health

The publications are aimed at helping policymakers understand and measure financial health, notably in the context of financial inclusion. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Holds Virtual Meeting with BCEAO Governor Koné

The meeting provided an opportunity for the UNSGSA to continue to collaborate with Governor Koné to help advance financial inclusion throughout the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Issues around inclusive fintech, payments interoperability and regulatory modernization were of… Read more