UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UNESCO HKA) is dedicated to facilitating and achieving UNESCO's mission, creating conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty. It strives to work towards the building of peace and to facilitate the sustainable development of society, economy and environment through education, sciences and culture. In year 2017, a group of professionals and academics who found a common cause in advocating the UN Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started to initiate a campaign to find ways and means to foster their common cause. The conclusion is that positive actions can best be undertaken by establishing an international institution of sustainable development which embraces training and certification for professionals. In so doing, the institution aims to support the international communities to set targets and indicators with a view to achieving the 17 SDGs. Supported by the UNESCO HK Association, the World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners (WISDP) was established in December 2017.
WISDP operates in the form of a Learned Society and a Research Institute, and works in partnership with UNESCO HKA with a view to providing training programmes for professionals. It has established memberships and certification processes to recognize the training, experiences and contributions of individuals and corporations to sustainable development. WISDP was registered in Hong Kong in October 2017 as a Company Limited by Guarantee to drive the training and foster professional recognition of sustainable development in the business, education and public sectors. It has formally been launched launched in February 2018 and is striving to establish strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions to advocate the UN Agenda 2030.
Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, Professor Sir James Mirrlees (Noble Laureate in Economic Sciences 1996)met academics and supported the development of WISDP