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Hong Kong initiatives and groups

HKSAR Government Initiatives

Launch of Sustainable Development Fund

Announced by Council for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Fund was established with a sum of $100 million to provide a main source of financial support for initiatives that will help to develop a strong public awareness of the concept of sustainable development and to encourage sustainable practices in Hong Kong.

Initially, a maximum of $10 million annually will be available for disbursement from the Fund. There will be two calls for applications to the Fund each year.

Official Launch of Council for Sustainable Development in March 2003

The Chief Executive of HKSAR announced in March 2003 the appointments of Council for Sustainable Development for a period of 2 years. The Council consists of stakeholders from the key sectors of business, social service and environmental conservation, and is chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Donald Tsang.

The Council will play a pivotal role in formulating strategy, fostering community support and promoting public awareness of sustainable development in Hong Kong. It will set up a Strategy Sub-committee to coordinate work on a public participating programme for putting together a strategy; an Education and Publicity Sub-committee to look at ways of promoting public awareness of sustainable development. For the launch of SDC, Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) was established in Apr 2001 and has developed a sustainability assessment system in Dec 2001. All government bureax and departments must conduct sustainability assessments of all new strategic initiatives or programmes and include assessment findings in high-level submissions in the decision making process, in addition to requirement of Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance as promuglated in 1999.

For more information please visit the Sustainable Development Unit website.

HKSAR Study on Sustainable Development for the 21st Century (SUSDEV 21)

HKSAR Planning Department commissioned the three-year study in Sept 1997 which aimed at developing a tool to assist decision makers incorporate sustainability into Hong Kong's future development. Key outputs from the study included a definition of sustainable development in local context:

"Sustainable Development in Hong Kong balances social, economic and environmental needs, both for present and future generations, simultaneously achieving a vibrant economy, social progress and better environmental quality, locally, nationally and internationally, through the efforts of the community and the Government."

The study included a series of sustainability indicators and guiding principles for making the definition more readily understood; a Computer-Aided Sustainability Evaluation Tool (CASET), which is decision support system, to assist in evaluating the sustainability implications of strategic policy and project proposals; recommendation for institutional changes with HKSAR Government.

Non-Government Organisations in Hong Kong

  • AIESEC- the world's largest student organisation, provides an international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential so as to have a positive impact on society.
  • Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) - ASrIA is a not for profit, membership association dedicated to promoting corporate responsibility and sustainable investment practice in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Business Coalition on the Environment (BCE), a partnership of various business and private-sector organisations, was formed in Mar 1999 to create a coherent voice in addressing environmental issues.
  • Business Environment Council (BEC), a private and not-for-profit organisation, was formed in Dec 2000. Its mission is to help business and industry identify management and technology solutions for environmental problems, and undertake research and implement programmes with a direct impact on the environment.
  • The Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management (CUPEM) from the University of Hong Kong. It formed Corporate Environmental Governance Programme (CEGP)to organise local and international seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as consultancy services in corporate environmental governance.
  • Civic Exchange was formed to promote civic education, public awareness and participation in governance by strengthening civic participation in public life; undertake research and development of economic, social and political policies and practices; integrate skills and experience across various disciplines including academic, business, politics, finance, technology and the non-profit sector.
  • The Conservancy Association, a non-government environmental organisation, was founded in 1968 in Hong Kong, with a mission to enhance the quality of life of both this and future generations, and to ensure that Hong Kong fulfils her regional and global environmental responsibilities.
  • Community Business is a non-profit organisation which works with businesses in two main areas of corporate social responsibility, namely corporate community investment and workplace initiatives, and provide assessments, consulting and training to businesses in these areas.
  • Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) (FoE), established in 1983 with a goal to raise public awareness, monitor the environmental protection works, and promote sustainable development in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), whichestablished in September 2003, is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of sustainable development, and commit to building a humane, equitable and caring Hong Kong society, cognizant of the need for human dignity for all.
  • The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) was formed with a vision to establish a welfare sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well being of our citizens.
  • Hong Kong Sustainable Communications Association- a non-profit making organisation founded in 2003. The association aims to provide the platform and a one-stop environmental network to facilitate more effective communications and to obtain environmental technologies and solutions through close partnerships with all sectors in promoting sustainable development to achieve a greener future.
  • The Hong Kong Sustainable Development Forum (HKSDF), a Hong Kong member of the Earth Council, was formed in Sept 1998, with an aim to raise awareness, foster, support and participate in consensus building to provide informed comment and recommendations on government, business and private sector policies, strategies, institution building and laws on sustainability in Hong Kong and internationally.
  • Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, became a corporation in 1995 and has a mission to increase the awareness of its relationship with the environment.
  • The Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development of the University of Science and Technology was set up in 1997, with a mission to support development necessary for a growing population and an increasing standard of living, but to ensure as much as possible that such development is carried out in a "sustainable" way, in harmony with our natural environment.
  • Oxfam Hong Kong- an independent development and relief agency based in Hong Kong. They work with poor people to find lasting solutions to problems of poverty and suffering and believe people should be equally assured of their rights with dignity and respect, including access to food, shelter, employment, education and health, in s sustainable manner. Oxfam also runs the Make Trade Fair campaign which ensures that producers in poor countries get a fair deal.

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