New Frontier on Sustainability
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Hong Kong Hosted at CUHK
Promote Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is a pressing issue of our time. With a strong commitment and wealth of experience in promoting sustainable development, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joined hands with The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, one of the world’s top ten charity donors, to co-host the Hong Kong chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN is an international network that aims 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.
A launch ceremony was held at CUHK on 8 January 2018 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 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.
‘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,’ remarked Professor Tuan.
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.
Under the umbrella of the global SDSN, the SDSN Hong Kong seeks 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.
Ensure Environmental Wellbeing
As part of CUHK’s commitment in promoting environmental sustainability, a US$2.5m Joint Centre for ENvironmental SUstainability and REsilience (ENSURE) was launched with the University of Exeter in June 2018 to address some of the most important challenges facing us today, including safe access to food, clean water, and breathable air. Drawing on their complementary expertise in areas such as climate and environmental change, public health, marine science, and sustainable agriculture, one of the key aims of ENSURE is to interpret and communicate the science behind climate change and sustainability to facilitate meaningful and substantial benefits for the world’s population.
Headed by climatologist Prof. Gabriel Ngar-cheung Lau at CUHK and data scientist Prof. Gavin Shaddick at the University of Exeter, the centre will promote an integrated approach to investigating the multi-faceted impacts of environmental changes on human wellbeing and ecosystem health.
ENSURE will also strive to communicate potential solutions to the public, promote behavioural change, and foster greater understanding of the potential co-benefits associated with environmental and health.
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