29 October 2019

SDSN Hong Kong and CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change
Jointly Organise the ‘365 Ways to Change the World – From Creative Entrepreneurship to Antarctic Exploration’ Forum



The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong) and the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) jointly organised a forum titled ‘365 Ways to Change the World – From Creative Entrepreneurship to Antarctic Exploration’ as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Forum Series yesterday (28 October). Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Prof. Wu Ka-ming, Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of CUHK, spoke to the audience of their experience and vision in the pursuit of sustainability. 

In his welcome address, Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, said, ‘In the 21st century, global challenges are looming and occurring more rapidly than ever before. We need to carefully address and strike a balance among issues related to poverty, inequality, climate, the environment, prosperity, and peace and justice.  We are privileged to have Dr Schmidt-Traub to share with us his insights into how we can join efforts in the pursuit and promotion of sustainable development, together with Professor Wu from our Department of Cultural and Religious Studies.’

Dr Schmidt-Traub is devoted to long-term sustainability planning work, and believes that we should achieve sustainability in parallel with international and regional development and take immediate action to ensure ‘no one will be left behind’. In the forum, he spoke on the SDSN’s efforts to promote integrated approaches to implement the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and how businesses can work together to combat global challenges. 

Prof. Wu gave her views on the waste management sector in China, and how the different practices in urban and rural areas have led to various social problems, such as class segregation. She also introduced the Homeward Bound Programme, the largest ever female expedition to Antarctica, and explained how the programme can generate effective solutions for tackling climate change by engaging the expertise of female scientists around the world. 

During the panel discussion and the Q&A session, the two speakers held a fruitful discussion with the audience about creative solutions to address various society-and environment-related SDGs. 

The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong)

The Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong), which was officially launched in January 2018, is co-hosted by CUHK and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Under the umbrella of the global SDSN, SDSN Hong Kong seeks to mobilise expertise, information and resources from academic, philanthropic, 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. 

More details about the SDSN Hong Kong can be found at http://www.sdsn-hk.org/

Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change 

The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (the Museum), funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust), was established in December 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is the first museum of its kind in the world, offering an interactive, multimedia exhibition that showcases valuable collections and information about climate change. It is the ideal venue for the public, especially students and teachers, to champion the cause of environmental stewardship and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in environmental conservation and sustainability. The Museum has attracted nearly 790,000 visitors since its inception. 

More details about the Museum can be found at http://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/.

Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, delivers the welcome address.
Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, delivers the welcome address.

(From left to right) Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Prof. Wu Ka-ming, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of CUHK
(From left to right) Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Prof. Wu Ka-ming, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of CUHK

Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub delivers a talk.
Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub delivers a talk.

Prof. Wu Ka-ming delivers a talk.
Prof. Wu Ka-ming delivers a talk.

Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub and Prof. Wu Ka-ming have an in-depth conversation with the audience during the panel discussion and Q&A session.
Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub and Prof. Wu Ka-ming have an in-depth conversation with the audience during the panel discussion and Q&A session.

The forum attracts audience from different sectors.
The forum attracts audience from different sectors.