Institute of International Harmony and Sustainable Development
The Institute of International Harmony and Sustainable Development (“Institute”) is an organization under Bishop Dennis Ng Victory Ministries Foundation established in the Hong Kong SAR, China. It develops collaborations with academic institutes in different countries, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promoted by the United Nations, to implement the thrust of SDGs “leaving no one behind”. We recognize the message of harmony and reconciliation being relevant today and the need to formulate a multi-dimensional approach to conflict resolution. With SDG Goal 4 quality education, Goal 16 pertaining to peace and justice, as well as Goal 17 partnership, it promotes a vision of cultural religious harmony and non-violence, and a vision of academic cultural diversification; and develops sustainable research from a global perspective. This is of particular importance to the Global South as justice and peace are not mere procedures and formality but a matter of seeking the destiny of morality and ultimate goodness. It also requires an in-depth understanding of the special and historical importance of different cultures to complement the Western emphasis on self-concept and universalism, so that different institutional ideas can communicate and exchange, also develop a harmonious relationship in the dialogue between different religions. At the same time, with mutual respect, mutual support and learning from each other in developing countries, it aims to provide quality education and professional training, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, to promote the standards of professional educators to meet the needs of international cooperation by year 2030.
The Institute is a cultural and academic think tank that collaborates with scholars and academic institutions from various countries to support developing countries through international conferences. Meanwhile, the International Journal of Harmony and Humanity, the journal of the Institute, is dedicated to the field of theology and religious studies, education, legal studies and social services to publish the Institute’s research. This is not simply support, but mutual respect and mutual gains in life for building a community of common destiny for humankind.
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education
• By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
• By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education in developed countries and other developing countries.
• By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries.
Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
• Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
• Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
• Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.
Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
• Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
• Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.