Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (HiESD)  


  Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development, 香港可持續發展教育學院 (HiESD), is the Secretariat of the UNESCO Hong Kong Association and member of Chinese National Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations, and dedicated to the advancement and promotion of education for sustainable development (ESD) and learning in distinctive ESD contexts through diverse activities including training and development, technology transfer, academic and research programmes in education, sciences, technology and culture, together with complementary social sciences and humanities disciplines, encompassing urban planning, community services development, public administration and corporate governance and sustainability.

This is in response to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD 2015-2014) project. The Institution is also Strategic Partner of National Industry Alliance of Smart City Technology Innovation.





HiESD was established in Hong Kong as an NGO under the Company Ordinance in 2003. It has been closely associated with the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO China) and the Chinese Federation of UNESCO Associations and Clubs in terms of advice received and participation in nation-wide activities. HiESD has been regarded in Mainland China as one of the regional centers of UNESCO China. Since inception, it has adhered to the objective of developing programs and activities in education for sustainable development (ESD).

In so doing, it extends ESD to encompass five key components, all of which serve the purpose of infusing ESD into programs and activities. These five components relate to education, public administration, community services, public health and urban planning (HiESD, 2016). In 2010-15, HiESD was supported by UNESCO China to conduct exchanges and continuing professional development programs for teachers in Mainland China. These programs focused on ESD, cultural heritage, and peace and global citizenship. Partnerships with tertiary institutions and NGOs targeted learners from schools, tertiary institutions and the community.

When the Hong Kong UNESCO Association was established in 2010, HiESD became its close partner and to some extent provided it with administrative services. From 2015, HiESD has widened its scope to work in step with UN initiatives endorsed by the Chinese government, and has started to design and develop programs which relate to the UN 2030 agenda. It should be noted that HiESD received no financial support from the Hong Kong SAR Government. It has instituted an efficient IT platform which facilitates the dissemination of program information and student enrolment. It can be said that HiESD has entered the second phase of development as an institution.