“The first time I made friends from around the world was at UNLEASH. More than 1,000 talented people from over 160 countries gathered to find ground-breaking solutions to various environmental and social issues,” Vivian Lai, 24, recalls. “I will never forget that wonderful journey.”
Vivian’s trip to the UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab (UNLEASH) was made possible thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s commitment to promoting sustainable development. In January 2018, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands to launch the Hong Kong Chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a United Nations (UN) initiative. It is formed by scientific and technical experts from academia, civil society and the private sector to implement the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and global levels.
Apart from putting forward sustainable solutions to the 17 SDGs, SDSN Hong Kong provides an international platform for young people to develop their skills and experience through regular forums, talks and competitions. This includes supporting individuals with potential to participate in UNLEASH.