In 1987, the United Nations defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report). In recent years, sustainability has become the centre of attention in discussions for both public and private institutions.
In February 2021, during the budget 2021-2022's speech, the Hong Kong Government announced its commitment to transform the Hong Kong region into a Green and Sustainable Finance Hub and announced the issue of a total of US$22.5bn (HK$175.5bn) worth of green bonds over the next five years.
This year, the UK and Italy have also committed to putting climate change and the reversal of biodiversity loss at the heart of its multilateral agenda in 2021 through the Presidencies of the G7, G20 and COP26.
Seizing momentum on the above initiatives linking Hong Kong and Italy and the acceleration of interest towards sustainability during the pandemic, the academic community in Hong Kong and Italy gathers together to share the progress of their research around the topic and to open a dialogue with the private sector to understand their efforts in practicing and promoting sustainability.
With the intention of fostering collaborations between academia and the business community, the event will unfold with a series of academic presentations by experts from different fields followed by a roundtable of Italian businesses whose representatives will discuss the opportunities as well as challenges of embarking on a sustainable journey.
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