UNSGSA's 6th Annual Report (2015) is available!

23 November, 2015

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and UNSGSA (UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development) has announced the launch of the 6th UNSGSA Annual Report.

In the words of the UNSGSA:
"The past year has been a true turning point for financial inclusion. The Sustainable Development Agenda, recently adopted by 193 countries at the UN, has laid out a powerful vision of the world we want to achieve by 2030. It highlights financial inclusion as a means of eliminating poverty and hunger, creating jobs, and establishing gender equality.

Earlier in the year, the Global Findex database [ed. published April 2015, by the World Bank] revealed that financial inclusion has risen by 20 percent in just three years, and suggested promising ways to accelerate development.
 
There is much to celebrate in this annual report. Still, two billion remain financially excluded—a number that demands action. At a time of rising inequality, it is important to recognize that we have in our hands a set of tools that can expand opportunity for the poor."

The report offers a general overview on the global progress made in the past year. You can also read about new goals and directions. The UNSGSA's focus points for the period ahead are diverse. Not only will she be engaged in implementing and monitoring the agenda following the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she will, amongst others, also continue emphasizing to adapt to technological innovations and on the complex issue of bank de-risking, which threatens remittances and other financial services for migrants and low-income people.

To read the full report, including all other focus points for the road ahead, click here.

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