Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands concluded her three-day trip to the United States where she was in both New York City and Washington D.C. Her visit, from 13 through 15 March, was part of her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). The Queen began her role in 2009 after her appointment by then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
On Monday morning, the Queen attended a meeting of the Group of Friends of Financial Inclusion in New York City. The informal group is made up of UN ambassadors from 37 countries across the globe. These people are working to gain improvements in the global access to financial services with the aim of “enabling the development of low-income groups,” according to a press release from the Royal House of the Netherlands. She also attended various meetings with FinTech companies on both Monday and Wednesday.
Tuesday saw Her Majesty in Washington D.C. where she visited the World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank. She met with members of her Reference Group for internal discussions. The Reference Group is an “advisory and consultative group composed of eleven representatives of international organisations with specific knowledge in the field of inclusive finance,” explained the Royal House of the Netherlands.
The Queen is known to work in close collaboration with those in the group who include people from organisations like the Alliance for Inclusive Finance (AFI), the Better than Cash Alliance, the Advisory Group for Poverty Alleviation (CGAP), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Development Programme of the United Nations (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB).
The Queen will next open the third edition of Impact Summit Europe 2017 on 21 March as part of her role as the UNSGSA. King Willem-Alexander and Máxima will then be welcoming the President of Argentina and his wife for a state visit on the 27 and 28 of March. On the 30th of this month, Her Majesty will speak at the De Nederlandsche Bank Visitor Centre for Global Money Week.