Sustainable Development

What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable Development means "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." ["Our Common Future", 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development]

The goal of sustainable development is to strike a balance between the needs of the environment, society and economy in order to maintain a quality standard of life for both present and future generations.

Sustainable Development in Hong Kong

A sustainable future for Hong Kong would require a change of our mindset to achieve economic and social development with conservation of the environment.

It requires all sectors of the community to work hand in hand in order to achieve a sustainable future for Hong Kong.  There are many ways in which you can get involved.  You can contribute to sustainability by reducing energy consumption, using less water, and reducing waste.

Council for Sustainable Development

The Council for Sustainable Development was established in March 2003 to promote sustainable development in Hong Kong by:

  • advising the Government on the priority areas it should address in promoting sustainable development;
  • advising on the preparation of a sustainable development strategy for Hong Kong that will integrate economic, social and environmental perspectives;
  • facilitating community participation in the promotion of sustainable development in Hong Kong through various means, including the award of grants from the Sustainable Development Fund; and
  • promoting public awareness and understanding of the principles of sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Fund

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) was established to provide financial support for initiatives that will help develop a strong public awareness of the principles of sustainable development and to encourage sustainable practices in Hong Kong.

Organisations such as non-governmental and community organisations, academic and research institutes and schools, and individuals aged 18 or above who are ordinarily residents in Hong Kong may apply for grants from the SDF.

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