SDSN Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong) is co-hosted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It aims to mobilize universities, research centres, civil society organizations, businesses, and other knowledge centres to focus on practical problem solving for sustainable development.

The roles of the SDSN Hong Kong include:

  • Raising awareness of the SDGs and ‘localizing’ the goals;
  • Promoting solution initiatives for sustainable development in the region;
  • Promoting education for sustainable development; and
  • Assisting the government in identifying local, national, and regional sustainable development challenges and in devising long-term strategies.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of our society. The Club has a unique integrated business model, comprising racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charity and community contribution. Through this model, the Club generates economic and social value for the community and supports the Government in combatting illegal gambling. In 2017/18, the Club made a record return to the Government of US$2.9 billion in duty and profits tax and contributed US$154 million to the Lotteries Fund. Approved charity donations were US$538 million. The Club is Hong Kong’s largest single taxpayer and one of the city’s major employers. Its Charities Trust is also one of the world’s top ten charity donors, according to the 2018 World Charity Index.  Committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong, the Trust proactively identifies and initiates projects that anticipate future community and social needs, by working with the government, NGOs, and community partners.  The Trust also provides platform for philanthropists, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy-makers, academia and NGOs from the region and around the world, to exchange views and share knowledge on SDGs, e.g. Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum.  (hyperlink https://www.citiesphilanthropy.com/en/) While continuing to fund a wide range of projects, the Trust is placing special emphasis on four areas of strategic focus:

Youth – Empowering youth for a hopeful future
Elderly – Building an age-friendly Hong Kong
Sports – Promoting active participation and sportsmanship, making sports fun and accessible to all
Arts, Culture & Heritage – Building a culturally vibrant Hong Kong, enriching lives and promoting social inclusion

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

Dedicated to research and education excellence as well as the advancement of sustainable development, the University houses several world-renowned, productive research centres, including the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, the Institute of Future Cities and the CUHK–University of Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience. CUHK is recognised as the most innovative university in Hong Kong and ranks 22nd in the Asia-Pacific region by the latest ‘Reuters: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities’ listing

CUHK has incorporated sustainability principles in its curriculum to nurture its students to develop the vision of global citizens, contributing to a more sustainable world.  Given the multidisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, CUHK’s education related to the environment, energy and sustainability spreads across almost all of its faculties, colleges and general education programmes.

CUHK is also committed to playing a leadership role in community outreaching and environmental education, both in Hong Kong and beyond, for the benefit of present and future generations.  Thanks to a generous donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the University houses the world’s first-ever climate change museum, The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change.

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