The Sustainable Development Goals Programme 2016 has come to an end in December, 2016. There are a total of 18 applicants and 11 of them are selected. The projects cover a wide range of themes across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Below are the outcomes of the projects:

1.  Name of Project:  Bookchain: Bringing an Evidence-Based Literacy Intervention Program to the Philippines
  Carried out by: Ms. Katrina May DULAY
  SDGs Covered:  4, 17
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
  Project Summary: 

The project aimed to implement a dialogic reading program for low-income families living in Metro Manila, Philippines. Dialogic reading is an evidence-based literacy intervention that encourages parents to read with their children in an interactive and conversational manner. In order to implement this project, I collaborated with a Filipino professor, a non-government organization, daycare teachers, and parent volunteers in Metro Manila to recruit 7 psychology graduate students from Ateneo de Manila University to implement the intervention and evaluation, and to identify 60 families living in Brgy. Tanza, Navotas that will participate in the 6-week dialogic reading program.

In implementing an intervention program for low-income families, we were able to empower a disadvantaged group with good practices to stimulate their children’s language and literacy development. In involving Filipino graduate students in the program, they were trained to teach parents an intervention that had been accepted by the international scientific community as an effective means to support children’s language and literacy skills, and were actively involved in implementing research methodologies and standards that may result in international-level publications.

  Video Summary:  1. DULAY Kay Video
     

1. DULAY Kay

2.  Name of Project:  Madgascar Wildlife Biodiversity Expedition
Carried out by: Mr. Leung Ho Yin Edmond
 

SDG Covered: 

15
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Project Summary: 

This trip is organized by a Britain-based organization called the Operation Wallacea (Opwall), they aim to monitor and develop a series of biological and conservation management research programmes in distant locations from around the globe; for my own experience, I went to Mahamavo forest in Madagascar this summer. Opwall is a large team of ecologists, scientists, undergraduates, postgraduates, and local communities; all come together to either implement policies or assess the efficiency of performed conservation management programmes in specific regions.

We, as undergraduate research assistants, were given opportunities to participate in wide range of projects, at the same time underwent forest surveys regarding biodiversity and species distribution in the lead of Opwall elite team.

Video Summary: 

 2. Edmond LEUNG Video

2. Edmond

 

3.  Name of Project:  Volunteerism for Global Partnerships
Carried out by:

Ms. LAI Yuet Chi

  SDG Covered: 17
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

'Volunteerism for Global Partnerships' was successfully organized with four main parts, including Merit 360 programme, publications, workshops and sharing sessions during the past six months.

In July 2016, I have participated Merit 360 as a country representative to initiate a new project with other representatives, 'Map Of Opportunities' in order to tackle 'Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals'. Our team from seven countries have
pitched the ideas at the United Nations General Assembly and it was recognized as one of the best initiatives.

After I returned from New York, I started organizing the post-Merit 360 activities. I published and distributed 2 articles about my previous experience of volunteering as a full-time staff at the United Nations for 6 months and also my experience of Merit 360. The articles show how SDGs can be tackled by building up partnerships through volunteering and the importance of youth volunteers. It was distributed to 474 secondary school students and nearly a hundred university students. I have also shared my experience to 474 secondary school students from 12 schools during the sharing session. Two workshops were co-organized by Student Take Initiative Rally and me as a key part of the 'Youth Volunteer Conference 2016' in November, advocating university volunteers how international volunteers can tackle SDGs. The workshops were conducted by four international guests from Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Taiwan.

     

3. LAI Yuet Chi

 

4.  Name of Project:  Modification of Rainfall Pattern due to Urbanization Effects and their Implications
Carried out by:

Dr. WAI Ka-Ming

  SDGs Covered:  3, 11, 13
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

The Project studied whether there is a long-term trend of rainfall amount due to the rapid urbanization of a megacity in the Pearl River Delta. The implications on interaction of climate change, city planning/design and human health resulted in enhanced rainfall have been explored.

Guangdong Province is selected because of the rapid city development in the Pearl River Delta. Climate change research predicts extreme weather conditions (floods and stronger storms) in near future. Our study helps further understanding of the interactions between UHi and climate change effects. Larger rainfalls predicted in the cities due to the combined effects have significant implications on cities design in terms of hydrological, safety and sustainable aspects. 

In the Project, Prof. Edward Ng advised on the relevant sustainable cities design issues, Prof. Xuemei Wang advised on the relevant meteorological issues, Prof. Tang-Huang Lin and Prof. Man-Sing Wong provided and discussed and satellite products to prove the existence of rapid u·rbanization. Prof. Gabriel Lau (director of the IEES, CUHK) provided advice on climate change. Two international conference have been attended and our work has been submitted to an international journal to promote our research study.

     

 

5.  Name of Project:  Global Youth Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Development
Carried out by: Ms. Sharon LO
  SDGs Covered:  8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development is convened every 20 years by the United Nations, providing a meaningful avenue for Member States, UN agencies, major groups and other stakeholders to gather and set out a global strategy for
the sustainable urban and inter-territorial development of cities and human settlements. The process leading up to and including the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development was known as the Habitat III process.

Meanwhile, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) is the official and General Assembly-mandated space for young people to participate in various United Nations processes. Through the Habitat III working group, the UN MGCY facilitated the global engagement and active participation of young people in all aspects of the Habitat III process, from holding consultations about young people's opinions regarding sustainable urban development, to writing policy papers, advocating for youth priorities and ensuring robust youth participation at various international Habitat III-related forums. 

Sharon Lo, Masters of Public Health student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is the Regional Focal Point for North and Southeast Asia for the UN MGCY. In this role, she helped to mobilise the inclusion and participation of young people from across Asia within the Habitat III process. The generous sponsorship from the CUHK Global Policy and Social Mission Subgroup (GPISM) enabled Sharon to attend two critical meetings at the final stages of the Habitat III process, and to lead the UN MGCY global youth delegations to ensure robust and successful youth participation in both conferences.

Sharon plays a key leadership role, leading a team of over 100 youth to attend both forums where they facilitated a range of  events highlighting the unique contributions of young people, facilitated advocacy during negotiations, delivered statements, and more. In particular, Sharon was able to Co-Chair the Habitat III Children and Youth-Assembly.

  Video Summary:   5. Sharon LO Video
     

5. Sharon

 

6.  Name of Project: 

Centre for Global Health Sustainable Development Goals Series

Carried out by: CUHK Centre for Global Health
  SDGs Covered:  3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

The CGH Sustainable Development Goals Series is a series of dynamic and interactive initiatives to highlight the international importance of the Global Goals amongst the CUHK community and localise their relevance within the Hong Kong context, with a view toward galvanising action. The series is led by the CUHK Centre for Global Health (CGH) and overseen by an SDG Steering Committee consisting of 14 Faculty, staff and students who help to provide direction and oversight to ensure the programme's successful execution.

Between March 2016 and May 2017, CGH has run 18 initiatives in partnership with 15 organisations and academic units, which has featured 90 speakers and engaged 1001 participants. Through its dynamic and multidisciplinary approach, CGH has helped to pioneer critical awareness about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals amongst the CUHK community, providing a creative and alternative space for people to engage with the Goals at a nuanced level and cultivate an understanding of how they relate to Hong Kong in the local context.

In particular, the CGH Sustainable Development Goals Series has been key in bringing together people from across the whole CUHK community, engaging local, Mainland Chinese and international students of all levels, staff and Faculty from over 39 departments to participate in this programme of events.

   Photos:   Here
     

 

7.   Name of Project: 

Beyond Volunteering Workshop

Carried out by: CUHK Centre for Global Health
  SDGs Covered: 1, 2, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

Beyond Volunteering: Equipping YOUth for Social Action was a one-day workshop held in November 2016 which brought together 114 participants to consider how they can use their time, resources and skills to develop innovative social action initiatives. Featuring representatives of NGOs, social enterprises and student groups, the workshop consisted of presentations, panel discussion and action-oriented breakout sessions.

Run in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs and featuring 12 organisations, this event provided a meaningful networking space for like-minded students to meet with representatives from NGOs and social enterprises. Overall, this workshop equipped participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to run effective and strategic social action programmes.

     

7.CGH

  

8.  Name of Project:  Research on “Effect of Land Cover Change on Litter Decomposition and Soil Greenhouse Gas Exchange in Hong Kong”
Carried out by: Ms. WONG Chun Ngar
  SDGs Covered:  13, 15
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

This study aimed to examine the effects of urbanization on decomposition and soil greenhouse gas fluxes among four land covers– natural forest, urban forest, farmland and roadside planter in Hong Kong based on litterbag experiment and closed chamber measurements for one full year. The objectives of the study were to enhance our understanding on the provision of ecosystem service and function in urban ecosystem so as to recommend sustainable management strategies for conservation of ecosystem services in urban areas.

Results indicated that decomposition rate was higher in less disturbed environment, i.e. natural forest and urban forest and soil greenhouse gas fluxes were the highest in intense managed land cover, i.e. farmland. Both litter decomposition and soil greenhouse gas fluxes varied among land covers. Level of management was found as a more critical factor than the level of disturbance from the surroundings in governing litter decomposition and soil greenhouse gas fluxes. Excess anthropogenic nutrient input might induce positive feedback to global climate change. Precise amount of anthropogenic nutrient should be applied or less management input is recommended. 

     

8. WONG Chun Nga 

 

9.  Name of Project:  Research on “Effects of Global Change on Soil Properties and Greenhouse Gas Exchange in a Subtropical Secondary Forest in Hong Kong"
Carried out by: Ms. CUI Jinglan
  SDG Covered:  13
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

Forest soil has a great potential in affecting future climate change through biogeochemical cycling and exchanging greenhouse gases (GHGs) with the atmosphere. Manipulative experiments were conducted in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, Hong Kong, aiming to investigate the effects of global change on soil GHG exchanges in a subtropical secondary forest. The experimental set up comprised litterfall manipulation to simulate elevated CO2 concentration (enhanced litter production attributing to CO2 fertilization) and throughfall manipulation to simulate changing precipitation regimes. Meanwhile, an incubation experiment was carried out focusing on the warming effects. The study could help contribute a better understanding of soil-atmosphere interactions under global changes, constrain climate models and develop a sustainable forest management strategy to combat climate change.

The results showed significant seasonal patterns of GHG fluxes, soil temperature and moisture, but distinct treatment effects in control and treatment plots. Soil CO2 emissions were mainly regulated by soil temperature and soil moisture. CH4 uptakes were largely affected by soil moisture. N2O fluxes were more correlated to soil temperature than moisture.

     

9.CUI Jinglan

 

10.  Name of Project:  Ecological Approach to the Association of Justice and Well-Being: A Closer Examination into Spatial Justice
Carried out by: Ms. MA Gloria Yuet Kwan and Mr. CHAN Randolph Chun Ho
  SDGs covered: 3, 11, 16
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Project Summary: 

The present project aims at addressing three sustainable development goals through surveys and an accessibility mapping: 1) to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; 2) to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; and 3) to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

In the survey research, a total of 530 college students and staff and 1050 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals were assessed on their personality, justice perceptions (critical consciousness, perceived spatial justice), perceptions of the spatial environmental conditions, attitudes toward people with physical disability and sexual minority, engagement in collective actions, and well-being through self-report surveys. In order to raise perspective-taking and the critical consciousness of how spatial justice is expressed in and influence our everyday life, a disability experiential simulation incorporated with accessibility mapping activity was also held in collaboration with a social group called “Wheel Power Challenge” within the CUHK campus, Tai Wai, Ma On Shan, and Mong Kok East.

Outcomes of the project are being disseminated in various means such as knowledge exchanges with local professional community members, academic conference presentations and academic journals; and most importantly to sparkle interests and actions among community members on the issue of spatial justice and well-being.

  Video Summary: 10. Gloria and Randolph Video
     

10. Gloria and Randolph 

 

11.  Name of Project: Street Food Vendors in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Carried
out by:
Ms. DAI Jingyun and Ms. JIANG Jingjing
  SDG Covered: 11
Details of each SDG: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Project Summary:

In this project, we conducted research on the street food vendors in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, two Asian cities with a long tradition and culture of street food vending. We conducted on-site field observations, interviews with local street food vendors, discussions with local NGOs. We also participated in a street market organized by a civic group in Hong Kong. In this process, we come to a detailed understanding of the current situations of street food vendors and the local policies towards them.

On top of that, we discussed controversies and questions around this group of people. Though they may seem marginal and unimportant, or even be commonly regarded as a form of a backward economy, the issues they are facing relate to important questions of economy, urban space, culture and identity.

  PowerPoint Summary:   SDG 2016 11 ppt cover Page
     

11.DAI Jingyun