Princess Máxima in Rome
As the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Princess Máxima was in Rome for a two-day visit to meet members of three UN Food International Organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) last week.
On March 21, in the headquarters of IFAD, the Princess attended an event titled “Inclusive Finance, Challenges and Opportunities: The Rome-based Agencies Perspective”. The purpose of the event was to find ways to fight hunger and extreme poverty by improving the access to financial services.
In her speech, the Princess stressed the importance of the availability and use of financial services to fight against poverty and malnutrition. She also added that, “Financial inclusion enables and accelerates greater food production and food security by helping increase and improve agricultural production.”
Princess Máxima also had meetings with Mr Da Silva, Director-General of FAO, Amir Abdulla, WFP’s CEO, and Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD.
Since September 2009, Princess Máxima is special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. On June 2011, the Princess was appointed as honorary chair of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI).Filed under The Netherlands
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