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SDG17 Partnership for the Goals

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With ever pressing sustainability challenges and urgency for innovative solutions, collaboration between stakeholders from different sectors is vital on a local and global level. Starting with peer collaboration, HKU is an inaugural member of the Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC), a partnership consisting of all eight publicly funded universities in Hong Kong with the aim to leverage on its collective influence to promote sustainable development and implement solutions on campus and the wider community. HKSCC serves as a platform to collectively work to improve environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Members jointly set and report on targets, organize outreach and educational campaigns, and share best practices. In 2017, HKSCC organized “UNIfy: Skip the Straw”, an environmental campaign to harness the collective action of all eight universities to reduce disposable plastic waste. Moving beyond the borders of Hong Kong, HKU is a co-host university and an active member of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), whose aim is to push the sustainability agenda forward globally. HKU has helped to adapt the network’s charter guidelines to drive its sustainability impacts and integrate various functions across campuses. HKU is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with the aim to collaborate internationally and share best practices.

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Known for its history in public health research and education, the HKU School of Public Health is a designated WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. This gives the University great honor to contribute in the realm of infection prevention and control by furthering its research, and local and regional education and training. In 2017, the Faculty of Medicine hosted an international conference on ‘Transmission of Respiratory Viruses: From Basic Science to Evidence Based Options for Control’. From healthcare policy leaders, clinical practitioners, scientists, academics and students, the conference brought together over 160 attendees to discuss the challenges and measures to control virus transmission. It also provided a platform for experts to share the latest research findings and to prioritize future areas of research.

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