Queen Maxima in New York: June 4-5

  June 8, 2015 at 3:41 am by

In her role as special advocate of the United Nations Secretary General for Inclusive Finance for Development, Queen Maxima was in New York on June 4 and 5 to attend several meetings.

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On Thursday, the Queen took part at the meeting of the Group of Friends of Financial Inclusion, an informal group of 32 countries that are working to improve access to financial services. In her speech Queen Maxima said that in her last visits in China, India and Myanmar she “witnessed first-hand the progress and opportunity of financial inclusion, as well as the increasing attention the issue is being given at every level”. The Queen stressed the importance to continue the access and use of financial services to improve people’s daily lives. She added that since 2011, 700 million more people worldwide have gained access to a financial account. This numbers means that there was real progress towards greater financial inclusion thanks to international and national efforts.

The following day, the Queen continued the meetings and then attended a press conference. In her speech she talked about the second edition of the Global Financial Inclusion Database, the Global Findex and the second edition of The Little Data Book on Financial Inclusion, which contains the information of the Global Findex Database.

Queen Maxima was appointed in September 2009 Special advocate of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations. Since June 2011 Queen Máxima has been Honorary Chair of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI).

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