ESG XCHANGE

FOREWORD

Dr. William Yu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, World Green Organisation

Within the expansive expanse of Asia and the Pacific, our journey toward achieving the noble objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals related to the environment has regrettably languished. The formidable challenges posed by the triple crises of COVID-19, conflicts, and climate change have laid bare the inherent vulnerabilities of our socio-economic and environmental fabric, particularly in the realms of food, energy, and finance. It is abundantly clear that without a unified and vigorous response, the menacing specters of climate change and environmental degradation will cast long and ominous shadows, wreaking havoc upon the prosperity and well-being of our fellow human beings. This is especially poignant for the most vulnerable populations and nations in Asia and the Pacific.

Yet, in the midst of adversity, we find hope. We have at our disposal the means to uphold the commitments set forth in the Paris Agreement, with the ambitious aim of capping global temperature rise at 1.5°C, while acknowledging the more lenient threshold of 2°C. These means include harnessing the power of renewable energy, embracing the potential of green hydrogen, and embracing modern bioenergy. The fulcrum of governmental subsidies and support can be strategically wielded to propel our progress toward low-carbon and ecologically sound policies. The imperative, however, is to dramatically escalate our efforts in steering the transition to a green future, accompanied by a resolute commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an astounding fivefold. Time is of the essence, and the urgency cannot be overstated. People from all walks of life must expedite our actions to attain the noble goals articulated in the 2030 Agenda.

The World Green Organisation stands resolute in its dedication to this mission, as we embark on the noble quest of charting the paths that will lead us toward a future characterized by sustainability, resilience, and equitable prosperity in Asia and the Pacific. In this noble endeavor, we draw upon the avant-garde tools of transformative futures methodologies, the sagacious lens of systems thinking, and the profound insights offered by behavioral sciences to formulate visionary scenarios that shall pave the way for the realization of our cherished vision.

About the Organisers

ORGANISER

The World Green Organisation

The World Green Organisation (WGO) is an independent non-governmental organisation concerned with environmental conservation and environmentally related livelihood and economic affairs. It provides a holistic approach to a fully integrated three-pronged solution that combines social, environmental and economic aspects for a low carbon society.

Through science-based policy research and community projects, the WGO aims to enhance the quality of the environment, promote a greener economy, and improve people’s livelihoods. In particular, it will focus on the social concerns of underprivileged groups and on the creation of a green economy, to help realise its vision of sustainable development.

The WGO has created a network of worldrenowned experts in environmental protection, poverty alleviation and economic development. Our partnership enables us to promote green community and sustainable economic development together by transforming people’s lifestyles and business best practices in developed and developing countries. With active participation and contribution to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) as ESBN (Sustainable Business Network) task force members, World Green Organisation is honoured to partner with the United Nations to organise the ESG for Climate Actions International Conference in Hong Kong.

Strong Experience in Science-based Policy Research and Community Projects

The WGO aims to enhance the quality of the environment, promote a greener economy, and improve people’s livelihoods. In particular, it will focus on the social concerns of underprivileged groups and on the creation of a green economy, to help realise its vision of sustainable development.

An Extensive Network of World-Renowned Experts

Our partnership in environmental protection, poverty alleviation and economic development enables us to promote green community and sustainable economic development together by transforming people’s lifestyles and business best practices in developed and developing countries.

Over Five Years of Experience in Accelerating the ESG Development in Hong Kong and Beyond

2019

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Climate Finance & Sustainable Investing

2021/2020

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Support post-pandemic in Asia Pacific

2022

Cyberport

Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business

2023

Cyberport

ESG for Climate Action International Conference 2023

CO-ORGANISER

The Institute for Supply Management, Hong Kong (ISM-HK)

The Institute for Supply Management, Hong Kong (ISM-HK) is dedicated to setting standards of excellence in supply management and enhancing the profession through educational initiatives, research, and promotional activities. With a commitment to aligning with international best practices, ISM-HK empowers professionals to drive change within their organisations and industries. 

By facilitating collaboration and innovation among procurement professionals, ISM-HK supports the continuous advancement of supply chain efficiency and sustainability. This ensures that local enterprises are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the evolving economic landscape, contributing to Hong Kong’s growth as a competitive and sustainable business hub.

CONFERENCE PARTNER

Asia-Pacific ASEAN Green Deal Centre (APAGDC) of The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK)

The Asia-Pacific Green Deal Centre (APAGDC) at The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) is a pioneering institution dedicated to advancing sustainability across the region. In partnership with the Institute of Knowledge Exchange (IKE) and regional organizations, APAGDC plays a crucial role in promoting sustainable development through education, advocacy, and strategic engagement. The Centre focuses on benchmarking green best practices, enhancing green education, and addressing regional challenges with socially and commercially viable solutions. 

APAGDC’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and ESG principles, helping regional entities meet international standards while tapping into the global demand for sustainable business practices. By championing technological innovation and environmentally conscious practices, APAGDC enhances regional competitiveness and promotes community well-being through the holistic policy frameworks of the Asia-Pacific Green Deal and ASEAN Green Deal Initiatives.

Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Cyberport is Hong Kong’s digital technology flagship and incubator for entrepreneurship with over 2,000 members including over 900 onsite and close to 1,100 offsite start-ups and technology companies. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. 

With a vision to be the hub for digital technology, thereby creating a new economic driver for Hong Kong, Cyberport is committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem by cultivating talent, promoting entrepreneurship among youth, supporting start-ups, fostering industry development by promoting strategic collaboration with local and international partners, and integrating new and traditional economies by accelerating digital transformation in public and private sectors.

Financial Services Development Council

The Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) was established in 2013 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a high-level, cross-sectoral advisory body to engage the industry in formulating proposals to promote the further development of the financial services industry of Hong Kong and to map out the strategic direction for the development. 

The FSDC has been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with effect from September 2018 to allow it to better discharge its functions through research, market promotion and human capital development with more flexibility.

The FSDC aims to:

  • Advise the Government on strategies and measures to expand the scope of the financial markets of Hong Kong and enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong as an international financial centre;
  • Support the financial services industry of Hong Kong in developing the core competence and knowledge of its practitioners; and
  • Promote the financial services industry of Hong Kong and Hong Kong as an international financial centre in the Mainland and overseas.

THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations and is the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the AP region. The Commission promotes cooperation among its 53 member States and 9 associate  members in pursuit of solutions to sustainable development challenges. The ESCAP secretariat supports  sustainable development in the region by generating action-oriented knowledge and providing technical assistance and capacity-building services in support of national development objectives, regional agreements and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Exponential increases in air pollution levels and waste across the region exacerbates public health challenges.

The high rate of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation poses a serious treat to human well-being, economy, livelihoods and food security of people in the region.

ESCAP pursues this objective by carrying out work, in close cooperation with other UN entities and intergovernmental organisations in the region across 9 main areas including Macroeconomics policy, Poverty reduction and financing for development, Trade, Investment and Innovation, Transport etc.