UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network expands to Hong Kong at CUHK
Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (2nd left), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (2nd right), Mr. Anthony W K Chow (1st left), and Prof. Rocky S Tuan (1st right) officiate at the launch ceremony of SDSN Hong Kong.
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an international network aiming to mobilise expertise from different regions and backgrounds to implement various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, has recently expanded into Hong Kong with the local chapter co-hosted by CUHK and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, one of the world’s top ten charity donors.
On 8 January 2018, a launch ceremony was held at CUHK to commemorate the milestone, which was officiated by The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Nations, Mr. Anthony W K Chow, Deputy Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Prof. Rocky S Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK.
In his welcome address, Prof. Tuan said that sustainable development was a pressing issue of our time. ‘The roles of universities in sustainable development are undisputed. We are the centres of knowledge generation and serve as knowledge repositories. Not only do we create and incubate new technologies, through research and development, most importantly we also educate and inspire future generations of leaders in sustainable development,’ he added.
The SDSN mobilises scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to support practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The SDSN is building national and regional networks of knowledge institutions, solution-focused thematic networks, and the SDG Academy, an online university for sustainable development.
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (centre); Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr. Leong Cheung (left), and Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability and AXA Professor of Geography and Resource Management of CUHK Prof. Gabriel Lau (right) at the panel discussion on ‘Advancing Sustainable Development Goals: The Hong Kong Perspective’.
CUHK and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust join hands to co-host the Hong Kong chapter of the SDSN, which will seek to mobilise expertise, information and resources from academic, philanthropy, government, business and nonprofits to address the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues in Hong Kong and advance sustainable development. SDSN Hong Kong looks forward to identifying further means of collaboration on research and pursuing sustainability solutions with local and international researchers and leaders in sustainable development.