UNESCO: 70 Years of Ideas in Action Tracing the routes of UNESCO initiatives, 70 years after the signature of its Constitution
Do you know all the Sustainable Development Goals? World leaders will adopt a set of global goals at the Sustainable Development Summit taking place from 25 to 27 September at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Celebrating our 70th anniversary That\\\\\\\'s 70 years of our efforts to build peace, or "the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind", through Education, Science, Culture & Communication
2017 UNESCO HK SDG Debating Tournament
The UNESCO HK SDG Debating Tournament is open to students between secondary two and secondary six (or equivalent) and has the goal of promoting the sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations a few years back. We have a very diverse adjudication panel consisting expertise in different fields who will be sharing their insights with debaters, including academics from universities. This event provide a very educational experience for all involved.
The United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world, aims to arose the world attention and assistance towards world’s disparity between rich and the poor caused by sanctions, and all forms of discrimination and wealth concentration. While also promoting global awareness in eliminating poverty and response to the sustainable development goals, remind everyone of the common goal of reducing poverty.
Nowadays, the poverty problem is still rampant around the world and Hong Kong, the poverty population in Hong Kong is around a million, with 1 poor person in every 7. The situation gets more serious when it comes to elderly, there is 1 poor person in every 3. To assist those in needed and promote public awareness towards Hong Kong poverty problem, UNESCO Hong Kong Association, The Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor and Lions Clubs International District 303 are going to co-organize the ¡u10.17¡Eø¹³£±o¡vevent on 17th October.
There will be rapping, singing performance, dancing and drama performance to explain the present situation of poverty and hunger problem, and to promote public awareness to tackle the problem. The program also aims to care for those who are poor and to get them back to the society. The organizers encourage participants to save their dinner, experience the sufferer of starvation and malnutrition people, and donate the money of their dinner to aid the people in needed. This event is open to public, all of you are welcomed to join us on 17th October.
UNESCO Hong Kong Association Limited (“the Association”) is incorporated in Hong Kong as a company limited by guarantee and granted tax exemption under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. There is no affiliated organization under the Association.
The Association’s mission is "Promoting sustainable development and international exchanges through education, sciences and culture". We took part in many kinds of activities to promote Peace and Sustainable Development in the past years. Peace includes social peace, political peace, individual peace, cultural peace and ecological peace.
We support the concept of establishing a Peace Garden in Hong Kong to promote the awareness of Peace in our community. The siting, planning and operating for such a Peace Garden must comply with the sustainable development strategy adopted by United Nations through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals including those on the concern and protection of our environment. We believe that development and conservation can go hand-in-hand. Peace Garden will contribute its Peace and build peace in the minds of men and women.
We have learnt that the Peace Garden activity to be held in Pak Lap, Sai Kung on 21 September 2017 will be postponed. The Association did not and will not participate in the siting and planning of this Peace Garden.
2017 Run for Peace (10 Sept, Hong Kong Global Geopark)
2017 Run for Peace was successfully held on September 10. Chairman of the UNESCO HK Peace Project Advisory Board, Dr Rafael Aharoni BBS, pointed out that 2017 Run for Peace is UNESCO HK's first Marathon event, which had attracted more that 800 participants. The theme of the event was "co-create a better world", in response to the mission of UNESCO of building peace.
In addition to the Marathon, different types of activities such as "Calligraphy for Pecae", and "Plant for Peace" were held in the location allowing contestants and other participants to join our Action for Peace.
UNESCO HK @ Hong Kong International Travel Expo (15-18 June 2017, HKCEC)
As one of the exhibitors in this year's international travel expo, UNESCO HK Association would adhere to its mission and goal to promote sustainable tourism in the event. The organization will introduce geo-tourism and cultural tourism in recognition of 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as proclaimed by the United Nation. Please visit us at the exhibition hall to obtain more details. We are looking forward to seeing you at the travel expo!
Topic : Branding
Date: 16 June 2017 (11:00 – 12:00, Forum A)
Date: 18 June 2017 (12:00 - 13:00, Forum E)
ESD Learning Programme Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony (Mar 18, Hong Kong Science Park)
This year's ESD Learning Programme was closed on March 18 in the Hong Kong Science Park. After a series of workshops, field trips, reports and presentation, it was the last celebration of everybody's effort. We were honoured to invite Chair Professor, Faculty of Education of The University of Hong Kong, Professor Mark Bray as our officiating guest and Secretary-General of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Mr. Ronnie M. C. Wong, JP, Mr. Pang Chung, SBS and Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Programme, Miss Vivian Lee, as our honourable guests.
Hong Kong Management Association 2017 Mini-Conference
As a sustainable future for Hong Kong requires the collaboration of multiple stakeholders across business, society and government, The Hong Kong Management Association 2017 Mini-Conference brings together a prominent line-up of speakers to provide a forum for senior executives to explore effective strategies to foster Hong Kong's sustainable development. Through this engagement, we hope participants will be inspired with new ideas and directions to acquire growth and sustainability of their organisations. More information: http://www.hkma.org.hk/miniconference2
ESD Learning Programme Presentation and Assessment Day (Mar 4, Hong Kong Science Park)
The ESD Learning Programme Presentation and Assessment Day was held successfully on Mar 4 (Saturday). The four themes are Built Environment and Placemaking, Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Tourism and Mental & Behavioural Health. Each team use their own ways, including small plays, and videos, to report their studies and projects.
Special thanks to Assistant Professor of The Education University of Hong Kong, Dr. Tsang Yiu Fai; Head of Department of Applied Science, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Dr. Au Ho Leung; Executive Director, Smart Health & Wellness Ltd., Dr. Howard To; Vice-chairperson, HK Association for the Promotion of Mental Health, Mr. Menza Chu; Clinical Psychologist, Alliance Holistic Care Center, Ms Rebecca Lau; Professor of School of Hotel & Tourism Management Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Prof. Qiu Zhang Hanqin; Programme Adviser, UNESCO Hong Kong Association, Mr. Raymond Leung
UNESCO Hong Kong Association presents on Feb 18 at the Hong Kong Science Park, the 5th Peacemakers' Cultural Celebration. The theme this year is Peace and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote peace and the 17 Global Goals to the public. Through a series of Peace workshops, cultural shows, game booth, etc, the Celebration shows the cultural diversityof Hong Kong and convey the message of the importance role of the 17 SDGs to Peace and Sustainable Development.
The 5th Peacemakers' Cultural Celebration (18th Feb 2017)
UNESCO Hong Kong Association will present, in conjunction with HK.WeCARE and Rotary District 3450, the 5th Peacemakers' Cultural Celebration on 18 Feb 2017 (2.18) at the Hong Kong Science Park. This event is dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR.
"Actions for Peace" is a major emphasis for the day including "Calligraphy for Peace", "Plant for Peace", and "Paint for Peace". These activities contribute to UNESCO's "Building peace in the minds of men & women".
People participate in 2.18 activities, get to know about the 17 SDGs, value peace and harmony, as well as strengthen their sensitivity to sustainable development.
Peacemakers' Cultural Celebration is the official Community-organised Events for the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR.
Kick-off Ceremony of the ESD Learning Programme (8 Oct, Hong Kong Science Park)
The Kick-off Ceremony of the ESD Learning Programme was successfully held on 8 Oct, 2016 at Hong Kong Science Park. This year's ESD Learning Programme has now formally started.
We are delighted to have Prof. Richard Ho, JP, and Mr YING Yu Hing, M. H. as our Guests of Honour. We also have last year's respective winning teams from the Chinese Foundation Secondary School and St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School to share their experience of the Programme.
The United Nations recently published The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016. The report analyses selected indicators from the global indicator framework for which data are available as examples to highlight some critical gaps and challenges. Which is an essential step in establishing where we are now, charting a way forward and bringing our collective vision closer to reality.
- To understand the value of life through preparing and implementing a project to "make the world more beautiful".
- To cultivate students to be leaders in schools so as to influence life with life and participate in life education work
- To promote self-understanding and connect students and the community.
Registration for 2016-2017 Leadership Training Programme in Life Education has started!
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Learning Programme is to foster students’ working habits and knowledge in order to enhance future sustainable practice in the community and enhance the communication and problem-solving skills of youth.
Registration for 2016-2017 Education for Sustainable Development Learning Programme has started!
UNESCO HK Association was invited to participate in the 2016 International Cooperation Summit of Chinese Vocational Education 2016. Our Vice President gave a speech on the theme of vocational education and precise poverty alleviation. In this summit the Association hopes to utilise the UN Sustainable Development Goals to introduce the relationship between vocational education, poverty alleviation and sustainable development, as well as promote the ideals of UNESCO.
In mid-August UNESCO HK Association visited the Shenzhen office of Volmato.
Volmato introduced to the Association the organic foods it distributes, including figs and hydroponic vegetables, and also let us taste the food. Moreover, Volmato explained their new cooling technology that uses high voltage electrostatic fields to raise the shelf life of fresh foods; and discussed future cooperation plans with the Association.
The Association has had close ties with Volmato, including cooperating at charity sales during last year's and this year's International Travel Expo, promoting quality organic foods. This July, the Association followed Volmato to Heishan Village in Qingyuan to learn about ecologically friendly organic rice farming methods.
Please stay tuned to our projects in cooperation with Volmato in the future.
UNESCO Association of Hong Kong participated in the study tour hosted by the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong on 29th July and paid a visit at the site of Hong Kong Organic Waste Recycling Centre (HKOWRC) in Sheung Shui. HKOWRC self-developed a variety of waste processing methods in which recycle up to ten tonnes of organic waste each day and convert them into different products. It demonstrates innovative technology and sustainable direction towards the local organic productions.
Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) researched and developed innovative technology for food waste processing method, which automatically selects reusable materials in waste and converts them into blends of biodiesel, methane (fuel) and environmental fish food.
This method requires less manpower comparing to the previous used method and can recycle the reusable materials through a more efficient and effective way, providing a higher reciprocation for waste recycling.
UNESCO Association of Hong Kong attended the opening ceremony of “Shine Tak Foundation Youth Develop Programme - 2016 Beijing and Xian Space Exploration Study Tour”, which is coordinated by Hong Kong Shine Tak Foundation and Hong Kong Association for the Advancements of Science and Technology, on 16 July. Guests who attended this celebration included Nicolas Yang, Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau and Professor Alexander Wai, Vice president of Polytechnic University.
120 local secondary students joining the study tour will visit national astronomical facilities in Beijing and Xian to arouse interest and enhancing students knowledge of spacecraft and technological innovation.
International Youth Conference of Caretakers of the Environment (CEI) is a global youth activity that includes lectures, workshops, field trips, projects and intercultural dialogues and networking party, etc to promote the idea of “Care for the environment, protect the Earth, Sustain Development”. It efficiently enriches youth the knowledge of environmental, social and cultural innovation.
This year, the conference was held from 27th June to 2nd July in Aalborg, Denmark, with Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong as sponsor. This year, students from the Chinese Foundation Secondary School represented Hong Kong to participate in this meaningful event.
UNESCO HK @ Hong Kong International Travel Expo (16-19 June 2016, HKCEC)
As one of the exhibitors in this year's international travel expo, UNESCO HK Association would adhere to its mission and goal to promote sustainable tourism in the event. The organization will introduce geo-tourism and cultural tourism in furtherance of peace and sustainable development in Hong Kong and around the world under the theme “Colourful Journeys to the World”. Please visit us at the exhibition hall to obtain more details. We are looking forward to seeing you at the travel expo!
UNESCO HK @ Worlddidac Asia 2016 (7-9 June 2016, HKCEC)
Worlddidac Asia 2016 is for education professionals in Hong Kong, China and ASEAN, featuring world class education resources and a forum for transnational collaboration. Pre-register at www.worlddidacasia.com on or before 6 June 2016 to receive a free admission badge.
UN70 Peace and Sustainable Development Youth Programme
International Youth Festival
- Country Game Booth
- Cultural Performance and Discovery Workshops
- Cultural Seminar
- UN70 Exhibition
- Parsons “Love Sharing of Brass Sound”
- Parsons “Love and Peace Music Marathon"
UNEP–DHI Eco Challenge 2016 The 3rd Inter-school Online Strategy Game Competition
Are you eager to advocate environmental protection? Do you enjoy playing digital game competition? Would you want to have a challenge on your strategic thought?
This is a digital online strategy game developed by UNEP-DHI, and this year the
competition of Aqua-Republica in Hong Kong - a global online strategy game competition programme about water management and environmental protection, 2016 Eco-Challenge, is co-organized by UNESCO Hong Kong Association, Hong Kong Digital Game
Based-Learning Association, JCI Hong Kong and JCI Dragon.