The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders at an historic UN Summit came into force on 1 January 2016. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection (Note 1).

CUHK Sustainable Development Goals Programme

In pursuit of its goals to enhance graduate’s global competitiveness and cultivate humanistic and moral character in students as set out in the CUHK Strategic Plan (2016-2020), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is working to promote the wide understanding of the SDGs and engage students and faculty to play a role fulfilling the goals. In particular, CUHK recognizes that an understanding of global social issues and engaging in activities that cultivates wider awareness and change in such issues is a vital part of University education.

The University encourages members of the CUHK community, including the Colleges, academic departments, teachers as well as students to initiate and engage in activities that would support the understanding of and address the goals.

Activities/programmes should align with at least one of the SDGs. They include:

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(Source: United Nation)

  1. To end poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. To ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. To build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. To reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. To ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. To take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. To protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. To promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Applications are now open until 12:00 noon on 27 February 2019 for funding support to projects that fall within the 17 Goals as listed above. The maximum value for each project is around HK$50,000, depending on its size and nature.

For further details on the 17 Goals, please refer to

General Principle

  1. The projects can take place in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, or overseas during the period of January – December 2019.
  2. Applications for projects in various types of activities are welcomed, including for example social service, invited lectures, workshops and study trips abroad.
  3. The nature of project should fall within at least one of the 17 Goals. Priority will be given to the themes which cover Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; and/or Goal 14: Life Below Water.
  4. An advisor, either an academic or administrative staff of CUHK, must be involved in the project.
  5. The majority of participants, more than half, must be CUHK full-time students or CUHK full-time staff. At least one member in the group must be CUHK full-time student/staff in the academic year 2019-20.
  6. The level of funding support to be provided will depend on a number of factors including for example, number of participants, duration of project, location of the project, and availability of other sources of funding. The maximum value is around HK$50,000 for each project.
  7. Staffing cost will not be supported.
  8. Applicants should submit the complete reimbursement report, a written report and a video presentation within one month after completion of the project. Otherwise, no reimbursement will be made. Please contact us in advance if more time is needed for the submission of reports.
  9. We reserve the rights to call for second round of application if deemed appropriate.


  1. All CUHK full-time students from all disciplines and all CUHK full-time staff. Applicants should be registered students/staff at CUHK during the time of the programme activity.
  2. Colleges/ Faculties/Departments/Offices of CUHK.
  3. Registered affiliated societies of Student Union and Student Unions of Colleges of CUHK.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicants should complete the application form (also downloadable from and return it together with detailed budget, providing an indication of expenditure items and estimated cost.
  2. Applications should be submitted by 12:00 noon on 27 February 2019 via mail to the Office of Academic Links to the attention of Ms. Cora Chan (i-Centre, 1/F Yasumoto International Academic Park) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in mid-March 2019.

Disbursement of Funding

  1. The funding will only be disbursed after the submission of the completed reimbursement report, a written report and a video presentation within one month after the completion of the project. Otherwise, no reimbursement will be made. Please contact us in advance if more time is needed for the submission of reports.
  2. The original of official receipts for all expenditure items are required. If original receipt is not available, please provide certified copy of the receipt. 


For enquiries about the Programme, please contact Ms. Cora Chan, Office of Academic Links, on 3943 1125 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

Note 1: extracted from United Nations Sustainable Development Goals website