UN75 Dialogue

Hong Kong’s UN 75th Dialogue jointly hosted by UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UHKA) and Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (HiESD) on the theme of “Climate & Environment Sustainability at a Financial Center, HK” at 4:00 p.m on the 18th of May, 2020. We invited the Chairman of Securities and Futures Commission – Mr. Tim LUI to deliver the keynote address, panel speakers of Prof. Bernard V. LIM, Prof. K C HO, Ir C S HO, with theme moderator by Prof Wilson CHAN from HiESD.

Our current generation is getting close to the tipping point of climate and environmental crisis, and it’s accelerating at an unprecedented speed. However, it is by no means impossible to fight through this challenge, just as how the Secretary General of United Nations have ambitiously stated in his opening remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit: “The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.” The devastating consequences of climate change is inevitably endured by everyone on our planet. Facing such challenge, Hong Kong is utilizing its advantages of being an international financial center to foster the sustainable development of climate and environment, and more importantly, to complement the mainland’s green policies and objectives.

Chairman Tim LUI delivered online keynote address

Mr. Lui discussed how Hong Kong as an international financial centre leverages its strengths to lead in managing climate change and developing sustainability across Asia Pacific and globally, and more importantly, to complement the green policy objectives in Mainland China. Professor LIM shared Hong Kong had applied special architectural design, recycled constituents, low carbon building materials and environmentally friendly policy in construction industry. We were in line with international standards and in some fields, and we were proudly beyond the verge of them.

Ir HO said that over the years, the Hong Kong SAR Government and the financial community had done a lot of work in promoting green finance. The next step was to carry out regional and global cooperation, such as the Belt and Road cooperation with the Greater Bay Area; further cooperation between various industries, especially with the government; expanding the focus from the needs of large companies to the needs of SMEs; local and local governments play a more active leading role in achieving these goals through public policies; and the United Nations played a more active and leading role in pushing governments around the world to achieve these goals through public policies.

Professor CHAN summarized in the conclusion of the dialogue that the participants clearly saw the “milestone of sustainable financial development in Hong Kong” through the practice of local and international green cases, reflecting the innovation and leadership of Hong Kong professionals in green sustainability as well as the service capabilities of different countries and regions throughout the local area, the Greater Bay Area, the Belt and Road, and even the polar regions. We wished Hong Kong’s sustainable finance to develop at a rapid pace. Let’s work together to shoulder the mission and jointly build a sustainable future under the principle of not leaving anyone behind.

Professor Karen CHEUNG, the Acting President of the UHKA and the Director of the HiESD takes group photo with Dialogue Guests Professor Wilson CHAN (first left), Chairman C S HO (second left), Professor Bernard LIM (first right), and Professor K C HO (second right)

The viewers of the online dialogue were from the United States, Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong.
The second “Dialogue” will be held at 3 pm on May 30, with the theme “Education, Technology and Talents in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area”. Welcome to visit  events at https://www.un.org/zh/in75/

Event Highlights
Full recording

Speakers and Resources

  • Wilson CHAN
  • Tim LUI
  • Ir C.S. HO
  • Bernard LIM Wan-fung
  • Prof. KC HO

Wilson CHAN

Professor of Practice, HiESD 

Dr Chan, Adjunct Professor of College Business and Associate Director of MBA Programme of City University of Hong Kong, is an International and Professional Adviser of the Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong at the City University of HK, and a member of the Expert Advisory Committee, Research Institute for Free Trade Zone of Sun Yat-sen University.

He is a member of the Market Development Committee of the HK Financial Services Development Council, a member of the Academic and Accreditation Advisory Committee of the SFC, and a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the HK Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the founding member of the Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Education Bureau.

Dr Chan is the founding Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee of the Treasury Markets Association, and also the Senior Consultant and Deputy Chairman of the Publications Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.

Dr Chan has been the host of financial programmes at Metroradio, RTHK and Now TV for years.

Moderator- Wilson CHAN Presentation Slides

Tim LUI

Mr Lui is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. 

Mr Lui is a Fellow Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He was elected President of HKICPA in 1997. 

He was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) in Hong Kong, Lead Director of the Board of Partners and a member of the Global Board of PwC International Limited. 

Mr Lui has been active in public and community service.  Currently, he is Chairman of the Education Commission and a member of the Public Service Commission. 

Currently, Mr Lui is a Director of the Academy of Finance.  He is also a member of the Financial Leaders Forum and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Exchange Fund Advisory Committee and Banking Advisory Committee.

Mr. Lui Tim Leung, Tim, SBS, JP, Chairman of SFC Presentation Slides

Ir C.S. HO

Ir HO Chi-shing is the General Manager of the BEAM Society Ltd.  Before he joined the BEAM Society Ltd., he had been a practicing Barrister-at-law of the High Court, HKSAR after retiring from his post as the Chief Building Services Engineer of Housing Authority.

Ir HO is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, holding a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, Master Degree in Business Administration and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws.  He also holds a Bachelor Degree in Laws and CPE conferred by the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Ir HO is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and a corporate member of the HK Institutions of Engineers and was previously a registered Professional Engineer of California, USA.

Ir HO is an Adjunct Associate Professor of HKU.  He had taught part-time in Tsinghua University Research Institute at Shenzhen and also the Shenzhen University.

On community service, Ir HO is currently the Chairman of the HKQAA and had served as a Consultant of the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and committee member of the Electrical and Building Services disciplines of HKIE.

Ir CS HO , Chairman of HKQAA Presentation Slides

Bernard LIM Wan-fung

BBS JP 

Principal, AD+RG Architecture Design and Research Group Limited 

Past President, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) 

Founding President, the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) 

Bernard Lim is a Principal of AD+RG Architecture Design and Research Group Limited, a former Honorary Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1998 to 2019, and the Founding President of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD). He was Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) from 2005 to 2006.

Among his public and social services, he has been appointed as Member of the Hong Kong Housing Society; Chairman of Steering Committee of Hong Kong & Shenzhen BiCity Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture and Member of Advisory Committee on Education Development Fund. And he was appointed as Chairman of the Building Committee and Strategic Planning Committee Member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority; Member of Sustainable Development Council; 12th National Committee Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of PRC.

He has established professional specialization/research in the areas of heritage conservation, MiC design and application, Institutional, Educational, Healthcare and Elderly Buildings, Sustainable designs, Community Participatory Planning and Workshops. He has received various awards including DFA Design for Asia Awards 2015, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2015, HKIA Annual Awards for Excellence in Architectural Designs, BCI Asia Focus China Awards 2013, The 5th Architecture Creation Award 2013, BCI Asia Top 10 Architects Awards, World Architecture News Award, World Architecture Festival at Barcelona for Finest Buildings from around the Globe, the Green Building Award of Hong Kong for Sustainable Green Building Designs, and the Energy Efficient Building Award of the Hong Kong Government for Energy Efficiency designs, etc.

Prof. Bernard V. LIM,BBS, JP, Past President of HK Institute of Architects Presentation Slides

Prof. KC HO, BBS, JP, Honorary President of Green Power

Prof. K. C. Ho got his B.Sc (with Honours) degree in Biology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduation, he went to United Kingdom and studied in University of Salford at Greater Manchester for the M.Sc degree in Environmental Resources. Returned to Hong Kong after the M.Sc studies, he worked in the Environmental Protection Department (EPD, known as Environmental Protection Agency before April 1986) of Hong Kong Government from 1981 -1986 as Environmental Assistant (I) and was subsequently promoted to Environmental Protection Officer in April 1986. Before leaving the EPD, he was the Acting Senior Environmental Protection Officer in the Water Policy Group which was mainly responsible for developing the various legislation and policies in water quality and pollution control. Taking time after office hours, he studied by part-time in the University of Hong Kong and was awarded a Ph.D degree by in 1991 after 3 years’ research. His doctoral thesis related to significance of red tides in subtropical waters with particular reference to Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong.

Prof.KC HO, BBS, JP, Ex- President of Green Power Presentation Slides

News Publications & After-event Reports

Host Background information

The Hong Kong UNESCO Association (UHKA) is committed to supporting, promoting and realizing the core mission of UNESCO, creating conditions for dialogue among different civilizations, cultures and nations on the basis of respecting common values, and achieving A global vision for sustainable development. UHKA is a registered charity in Hong Kong. Through education, science and culture, it strives to promote sustainable development and promote international exchanges.

The Hong Kong Institute of Sustainable Development Education (HiESD) is an interdisciplinary research-based innovative application college featuring interdisciplinary research and project application and training with the main purpose of promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementing agency of the United Nations Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Education (GAP), expert partners and service providers of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (registration number: 12958), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Sustainable Development Goals Collaborative Partner (Registration Number: 26908). The Institute provides basic education, higher education, and continuing education through forums, special training, professional courses, professional certification, special projects, exchange visits, and research camp learning. This continuous development of a lifelong learning system assists companies and organizations to implement and achieve sustainable development goals at all stages.

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