Hong Kong Update: Recent Achievements Advance Sustainability Agenda

There is power in numbers; but targeted collaboration could be more transformative. Hong Kong, a C40 participant, knows this well: in two separate but equally significant achievements this month, the city has looked beyond its 1,104 square kilometres to engage in co-operative relationships that advance its sustainability agenda.

Hong Kong signs Sustainability Charter with the City of Malmo

The cities of Hong Kong and Malmo have consolidated their friendship through a series of C40 activities, at which Malmo was a frequent participant. Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau and the Mayor of Malmo, Mr. Ilmar Reepalu, signed a Sustainability Charter to further co-operation in promoting sustainable development and environmental protection. During their recent visit, the two parties laid the foundation for ongoing technical knowledge-sharing and green business investment.

"The cities of Hong Kong and Malmo each play a unique role in our respective regional context,” said Yau. “Our climate challenges and solutions are different, but we recognise in common the need to embrace innovation and technology, as well as the participation of the business sector and our regional partners in formulating our strategies. The sustainability charter will be a good basis to enhance our city-to-city collaboration in the strategic areas of our climate strategies."

Hong Kong Geopark joins UNESCO-supported Global Geoparks Network

Also this month, Hong Kong had the honor of becoming a member of the Global Geoparks Network, a group of 87 unique and significant geo-landforms around the world that are recognized by UNESCO and commended for their integration with cultural landscapes. The Hong Kong Geopark is truly urban, with most of the scenic spots within close proximity to the city’s business, historic and cultural centers.

The award of the Global Geopark status will strengthen Hong Kong’s ties with international sister parks and facilitate scientific and management exchange; moreover, it is a credit to Hong Kong’s commitment to conserve its natural environment. Indeed, while witnessing rapid development, the city has designated more than 40 percent of its land as protected areas – an important aspect of its climate action strategy.