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Established in December 2002, the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (“the Centre”) was the first research centre in Hong Kong dedicated to enhancing our knowledge of civil society—its nature, constituents, dynamics, roles (in particular its contribution toward governance)—and to fostering the development of a vibrant civil society in Hong Kong and other parts of the world.

In particular, the Centre is missioned to contribute to the attainment of a sustainable society through forging community-based, innovative solutions to inform policy deliberation and action, to raise people’s awareness of the importance of sustainability, to facilitate collective action in and across sectors, and to foster stakeholder engagement.

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Recent News

The COP26 Summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The UK, in partnership with Italy, will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) this November in Glasgow. This represents a key moment globally to accelerate towards the Paris Agreement and a net-zero transition.

The Centre for Civil Society and Governance and the School of Biological Sciences are pleased to invite Mrs. Tamsin Heath, Acting British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, and Mr. Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong, to talk about the goals that have been set out for COP26, how we move to a clean economy, and the role of young people in climate change action.

Date22 May 2021 (Saturday)
Time10:30am – 12nn
VenueCPD-3.28, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
FormatFace-to-face & Online streaming
SpeakersMrs. Tamsin Heath (Acting British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao) & Mr. Clemente Contestabile (Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong)
ModeratorDr Terry Van Gevelt
(Assistant Professor in Environmental Sustainability, Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU)
  • HKU Centre for Civil Society and Governance and Master of Social Sciences in Corporate Environmental Governance Programme
  • HKU School of Biological Sciences and Master of Science in Environmental Management Programme
  • British Consulate-General Hong Kong
  • Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
The incubation and funding scheme (Cohort 2) of the Social Innovations for Sustainable Communities is now open for application till 28 June 2021. Besides interactive excursions to learn about different social innovation projects and community works, our Learning Programme aims to facilitate you to transform into sustainability catalysers. You will also get a chance to win a seed grant for putting your ideas into actions!
We are thrilled to announce that our sustainable rural revitalisation project at Lai Chi Wo has been awarded the prestigious Special Recognition for Sustainable Development in the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The project is built on HSBC Rural Sustainability Programme initiated since 2013 and implemented by the Centre for Civil Society and Governance with full support from the Lai Chi Wo Village and HSBC.


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