Sustainable development is a pressing issue of our time. In 2012, the United Nations (UN) launched its Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilise global expertise from different regions and backgrounds to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development. This included the design and implementation of a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change.
This important inititiative is now extending its reach into Hong Kong. On 8 January SDSN Hong Kong, co-hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was officially launched.
Highlighting the event was a keynote speech by Director of the UN SDSN Professor Jeffrey Sachs, a co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development and a senior UN advisor.
“Hong Kong is a global leader in finance, commerce, logistics, and tourism, and therefore a key global leader in facing the 21st century challenges of sustainable development,” Professor Sachs observed. “The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is grateful to its partners, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, for taking the lead in launching SDSN Hong Kong. This new chapter of SDSN will make a major contribution to Hong Kong’s own sustainable development, and will bring Hong Kong’s expertise and remarkable dynamism to global problem-solving as well.”
CUHK and the Trust have established a long-term and productive partnership on a wide range of social and sustainable development issues, including the establishment in 2013 of the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, the first museum of its kind in the world, , offering a platform for the public to champion the cause of sustainable development.
The commitment of CUHK and the Trust to mobilising expertise and resources to address the SDGs in Hong Kong has culminated in the establishment of the Hong Kong Chapter of SDSN, which was officially recognised by the Executive Committee of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as a national network in October 2017.