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Eight of the 17 SDGs highlight financial inclusion as a way to help achieve zero poverty, no hunger, good health, gender equality, and economic growth. We know financial inclusion can do this. And we have the data to show it. 

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Keynote Remarks for Launch of the CCAF Regulator Knowledge Exchange

The Special Advocate highlighted the importance of digital public infrastructure and building regulatory tools that can keep up with the fast pace of innovation in digital financial services. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Keynote Speech for the 2022 Nigeria International Financial Inclusion Conference

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), provided a virtual keynote address for the Nigeria International Financial Inclusion Conference on 24 November 2022.---Honorable Minister, Governor Emefiele… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks for the B20 Summit Indonesia

A broad range of financial services – such as savings, insurance, and credit – are needed for individuals, households, and SMEs to fully benefit from the digital economy. We also need continued commitment to put in place a digital financial infrastructure that is inclusive, safe, and equitable. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks at the European Commission and European Central Bank Conference on a Digital Euro

If designed and implemented with inclusion in mind, central bank digital currencies can offer a powerful tool to help meet some financial inclusion challenges. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Keynote at the IMF - World Bank Annual Meetings Building Resilience: Accelerating Financial Inclusion through Digitalization

Emphasizing how financial inclusion can support financial health – notably to help people to better manage their day-to-day finances, to access to credit, and to plan and meet future goals – will be necessary to achieve true change in the lives of the poor. Moving beyond payments and supporting a… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks at the IMF - World Bank Annual Meetings Seminar on CBDCs and Financial Inclusion

If designed and implemented with inclusion in mind, CDBC’s could offer many options to expand access to the unbanked, and to serve the vulnerable and the poor. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Keynote at 2022 Sibos Progressive Finance for a Changing World

We should not seek innovation for innovation’s sake. With each new technology – such as central bank digital currencies – we must always ask what problems we are trying to solve, and what future are we envisioning, to stand the best chance at achieving long-term success. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Video Message for the G20 GPFI 2022 Symposium

I warmly welcome the work of the GPFI this year in developing the implementation guide for the G20 High-Level for Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion. Renewing our commitment to support women, youth, and MSMEs is essential for inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth. We can help them… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks at the UNDP's Future of Digital Cooperation UNGA Side Event

By bringing the public and private sectors together around digital public goods, we can make real progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.  Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Pre-Recorded Remarks for India Global Fintech Fest 2022

This sharp rise has been fueled by a technological revolution stretching across the world. New data from the Global Findex report shows the long reach of financial technology. From India to East Africa, even the smallest rural merchants are being paid and making payments with the mobile phones they… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks for the Egypt International Cooperation Forum

Climate change will be the most disruptive force to impact low-income households, women, and small businesses for decades to come. Add to this the knock-on effects of global conflict and soaring inflation, and it is clear that the world needs new solutions to help the most vulnerable build… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks for the Launch of the Global Findex Database

Today’s report provides a fresh opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and the work still ahead. For many years, the UNSGSA has championed financial technology as a pathway to greater prosperity and financial health. We now have more evidence that it is working. Read more