Strasbourg, 17.09.2014 – In a speech addressed to the Council of Europe anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as United Nations Secretary General´s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, today recalled the need for accessible financial services.
Speaking to MONEYVAL´s 45th plenary meeting – which is being held from 15 to 19 September - Queen Máxima underlined the role the 33 MONEYVAL states and territories can play in improving access to financial services and pointed out that the existing legal instruments allow states to ensure that the fight against money laundering and the promotion of inclusive finance complement each other.
Queen Máxima mentioned in her speech that it is very important to strike the right balance between security measures and access to formal financial services, and that MONEYVAL´s role in taking a holistic approach towards integrity and inclusion is of great value.
As the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Máxima has a leading role in increasing awareness about the essential role of financial services in alleviating poverty, fostering equitable economic growth, and furthering diverse development goals including environmental sustainability, food security, clean water, good health and universal education.
During her visit to Strasbourg, Queen Máxima paid courtesy visits to the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and the Parliamentary Assembly President Anne Brasseur.
Link to the speech