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(VIDEO) HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Participates in a Panel Discussion at the World Economic Forum.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands participated in the panel discussion entitled, Financial Inclusion: Addressing the Largest Gaps, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her Majesty took part in the panel discussion in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). Other speakers included Mr. Faisal Islam, Mr. Andre Soelistyo, Mr. François Villeroy de Galhau, Mr. Adeeb Ahamed, Ms. Karabo Morule, and Ms. Gelsomina Vigliotti.

The theme, Financial Inclusion: Addressing the Largest Gaps, focused on the:

“…extensive progress that has been made in advancing global financial inclusion in recent years, with the increased rollout of digital financial services during the pandemic proving an additional tailwind in many regions. Nevertheless, certain populations are still being left behind.

Where is action most needed to deliver full financial inclusion and what innovations can address this ongoing challenge?”

During today’s discussion, Her Majesty gave a brief speech. Here is what she had to say:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, 

We have come together at a defining moment. As we emerge from a global pandemic that has kept us apart for two years, we are seeing that it has also spawned an unprecedented number of digital connections. 

When COVID-19 hit, governments rushed to provide financial relief to citizens, often through digital channels. At the same time, social distancing forced people to find alternatives to cash and face-to-face shopping. 

Mobile money usage skyrocketed. In Latin America alone, 50 million adults began using digital merchant payments.

The latest data will arrive this summer when the new Global Findex is released, but we already know that over 1.2 billion adults have gained access to financial services in the last decade. We are expecting that to grow by many millions more.

If we have learned one thing about financial inclusion, it is that better access, new users, and higher transaction numbers is simply not enough. 

Over the past year, I have advocated for enhancing the resilience of underserved groups in the face of economic shocks, so they are better able to seize economic opportunities.

MSMEs have been hard-hit by COVID-19, especially informal ones and those owned by women. For these enterprises, going from pen and paper to digital is one of the keys to financial recovery and resilience. 

At the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome last year, I urged governments to accelerate digital solutions for MSMEs around the world.

Going digital can open new markets and make businesses more efficient. A digital ecosystem can help small businesses better manage their inventory, marketing, payments, credit, and sales

It can also help MSMEs gain access to financial services — for example, their data footprint can be used by financial institutions to provide financing more quickly and at better rates.

Another very important issue is once a population is financial included, does it lead to better financial lives? Are they financially healthy?

Good financial health means being more resilient to financial setbacks and better equipped to seize opportunities. A financially healthy population can recover faster on their own and relieve pressure on government safety nets. 

This is a responsibility that concerns us all. Financial health should be a common goal of governments, regulators, the private sector, the financial sector, and NGOs.

For financial services providers in the room: you will likely discover that investing in your customers’ financial health will mean they can pay their loans on time, purchase other products and services, and cost less to serve. There is a strong business case. 

Having better information and insights on customers can also help you design products that influence financial behaviors for the better. Savings products that nudge people to achieve their goals are a great example.

As we continue to close the financial inclusion gap, I encourage you to apply a financial health perspective to your efforts. This will enable us to achieve the purpose of financial inclusion and create more resilient economies.

Thank you, and I wish you a fruitful discussion.”

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the King Willem I Entrepreneur Awards.

On Monday, May 23, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the King Willem I Entrepreneur Awards in Groningen.

According to RVD, the King Willem I award is presented every two years in the categories of large and medium-sized enterprises The Plaque for Sustainable Entrepreneurship also rewards sustainable innovations from small or large organizations.  In recent months, companies have applied for the prizes. Three finalists have been selected in each category. 

“The King Willem I Foundation was established in 1958 on the initiative of De Nederlandsche Bank by a number of organizations associated with the business community. The aim of the foundation is to give the national economy new impulses and thereby increase the prestige of the Dutch business community.” 

The King Willem I Foundation is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Her Majesty Queen Maxima is the Honorary President of the King Willem I Foundation.

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Leiden University of Applied Sciences.

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On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as Honorary President of MIND Us, visited Leiden University of Applied Sciences in Leiden. MIND Us, is an organization that was developed to help young people deal with their mental health, develop resilience and find help when needed.

The purpose of this morning’s visit was to discuss the mental health of students in higher and scientific education. The students and education administrators informed Her Majesty about the recent initiatives created to increase their well-being, such as raising money for projects that can improve mental health.

Students from Fresh Thoughts told Her Majesty about, Walk and Talks, a program in which students discuss mental challenges they’ve experienced. The Fresh Thoughts organization, active throughout the Netherlands, also arranges various events and offers online discussions about mental health.

According to RVD, any students deal with:

“…stress, loneliness, and pressure to perform. That is why five Leiden parties recently signed the Student Welfare Declaration: the Municipality of Leiden, Leiden University, Leiden University of Applied Sciences, the Local Chamber of Associations and the Study Association Consultation Platform. Queen Maxima spoke with the creators of the movement…”

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the New Adventure House in Zeewolde.

On Friday, May 13, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as Patron of Scouting Netherlands, visited the new Adventure House the Scouting Estate in Zeewolde.

Today’s visit focused on “…the activities of water scouting and projects in the field of sustainability…” according to an RVD press release.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Officially Opens the Jeroen Pit House in Amsterdam.

On the morning of May 11, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened The Jeroen Pit House in Amsterdam.  The Jeroen Pit House offers a new form of care for chronically and seriously ill children and their families.  The Jeroen Pit House is a place for the family to relax after hospitalization and where parents learn how to best cope with their child’s illness. This makes the transition from hospital to home easier, safer and more durable.

According to a press release, the Jeroen Pit House:

“…can accommodate eight families who temporarily move into their own apartment. In addition, there is also a shared kitchen and living room, there are work and play areas and the house has a sensory room, physio room, adapted bathroom, and playground.”

The Jeroen Pit House is a collaboration between the VanKarnebeek4Kids Foundation, the Emma Children’s Hospital of Amsterdam UMC, and the Lindenhofje of the Salvation Army.

During today’s opening, Her Majesty was given a tour of the new building, spent time speaking with several families who are currently living at Jeroen Pit House, and spoke with staff members about their work.

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Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the Conference, Meer Muziek in Mijn Klas.

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On the afternoon of May 10, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the conference entitled, Meer Muziek in Mijn Klas (More Music in My Class), held at the Paleis Noordeinde in Den Haag.

Meer Muziek in Mijn Klas Foundation, which organized today’s conference, is committed to:

“…structural music education for all 1.4 million primary school children in the Netherlands and the Caribbean. Music education enlarges the world of a child and contributes to the cognitive, social and creative development of children. The foundation shows how valuable music education is. It increases teachers’ knowledge and establishes regional collaborations between schools and their cultural environment.”

During today’s opening, Her Majesty Queen Maxima gave a speech in front of hundreds of teachers, school leaders, and teacher training students participating in the conference which includes various interactive workshops.

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