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The Global Conference on Sustainable Development is the first international conference organized by the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

It aims to enable exchanges among academia, philanthropy, civil society institutions, the government and the private sector on the challenges and opportunities, as well as the way forward, in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals adopted.


The global network of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) currently draws upon the knowledge and educational capacity of 1,800 member institutions to accelerate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. 


The Hong Kong Chapter of SDSN (SDSN Hong Kong), launched in January 2018 and co-hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, aims to mobilize the expertise, information and resources from the academic, philanthropic, government, business and non-profit sectors in Hong Kong to create transformative solutions to tackle the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues of the day and advance sustainable development.


The Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES), established in 2011, aims to promote multidisciplinary environmental research and education at CUHK.  Through integrating CUHK’s strengths of various cognate disciplines, IEES aspires to build synergy to address some of the most pressing issues confronting the long-term sustainability of human society.  IEES endeavours to work in collaboration with industrial, government and non-government organizations as well as different community stakeholders to build a better environment for our future generations.


Conference Committee

Conference Committee

Conference Chair

Professor Rocky S Tuan

Vice-Chancellor and President, CUHK; Co-chair, SDSN Hong Kong Leadership Council


Professor Sham Mai-har

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, CUHK; Member, SDSN Hong Kong Executive Committee

Professor Kwan Mei-po

Director, Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, and Area Coordinator, Strategic Area of Research in Environment and Sustainability, CUHK; Member, SDSN Hong Kong Executive Committee

Organizing Committee

Professor Lam Hon-ming

Choh-Ming Li Professor of Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, CUHK

Professor John Burns

Emeritus Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong; Member, SDSN Hong Kong Leadership Council

Dr Emma Clarke

Acting Head, Global Partnerships, University of Exeter


Mrs Cecilia Lam

Chief Sustainability Officer, and Director, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Office (SRSDO), CUHK

Professor Carlos Lo

Head and Professor, Department of Government and Public Administration; Director, Centre for Business Sustainability, CUHK

Professor Albert Park

Chair Professor, Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank; Member, SDSN Hong Kong Leadership Council

Professor Lisa Wan

Acting Director, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, and Co-Director, Centre for Hospitality and Real Estate Research, CUHK

Professor Woo Wing-thye

Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis; Vice-President for Asia, Head of Kuala Lumpur Office, UN SDSN

Professor Xu Yuan

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK

Dr William Yu

Chief Executive Officer, World Green Organisation

Mr Joseph Chan
(Member and Secretary)

Head, Communications and Engagement Section,


Dr Ada Chan

Network Manager, SDSN Hong Kong

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