H.M. Queen Máxima of The Netherlands
UN SG’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
Member of the Netherlands Committee for Enterprise
Never has the International Statistical Institute’ ambition to promote ‘Statistical Science for a Better World’ been more relevant than during this pandemic. Statistics provide evidence that guide decisions and it has been data and statistics that have informed health authorities, governments and citizens through this global crisis. I am pleased to see that in your programme you will be discussing the statistical lessons to be learnt from the pandemic.
Reliable statistics are important for all citizens, especially young people. Statistical and data literacy are indispensable skills that enable young people to assess the reliability of the data they use.
In my work as United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), I have championed the importance of data to inform policies and action. For example, the World Bank Findex which provides a common set of indicators on financial inclusion consistently measured across countries has galvanized global support and informed many national strategies on financial inclusion. In addition, together with the International Monetary Fund we encouraged the reporting of gender-disaggregated data in the Financial Access Survey. Such granular data can look more closely at important issues and catalyze needed policy reform.
Please do take the opportunity of the virtual conference to meet with friends and colleagues. Your work is of great importance and value to us all. Exchanging information, experiences, research and acquired knowledge lies at the basis of that. I wish you all the best for a successful and productive Conference.