Established in 2018, 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 (‘the Trust’) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (‘CUHK’).
The Trust and CUHK, which have a long-term and productive partnership on a wide range of social and sustainable development issues, are committed to mobilising expertise and resources to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) locally and the continual development of the network.
SDSN is a membership-based alliance of top-tier knowledge-generating institutions and organizations focused on sustainable development. As of 2022, SDSN Hong Kong has 20 members including 7 Government funded universities, research institutes and NGOs. Find out more about the SDSN Hong Kong members here.
About the Co-hosts
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 charities and community contribution. Through this model, the Club generates economic and social value for the community and supports the Government in combatting illegal gambling. 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.
Working with the Government, non-governmental organisations and community partners, the Club’s Charities Trust proactively seeks out the root causes of social issues, bringing multiple and cross-sectoral parties together to address them through innovative approaches. While the Trust funds a wide range of projects, it is placing special emphasis on four areas –
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.
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 (IEES), the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) and the CUHK–University of Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE). In Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023, CUHK was ranked 1st in Hong Kong with remarkable performances over SDG 4, SDG 8 and SDG 16.
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 (MoCC).