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Ceremony Marks Sustainability Centre Official Opening

Last week marked the official opening of the Sustainability Centre at UNIS Hanoi – a project realised through community philanthropy and dedicated to Mr Kamal Malhotra, the former UNRC in Vietnam in recognition of his lifetime commitment to making a better world.

On May 10, a short opening ceremony took place at the site with the attendance of the representatives of UN in Vietnam, UNIS Board, Leadership Team and members of the Impact Fund Committee, the Sustainability Committee and the Botanical Garden Taskforce who have contributed to this project. As part of the Botanical Garden project, idea which was voted by our community over two years ago, the Sustainability Centre demonstrates our commitment to the values of our school, Responsibility, Curiosity and Integrity, as well as to our Mission in supporting our students to make sustainable impact in the world.

Chair of the UNIS Board of Directors, Ms Michelle Dinh Jones said: “It is with great pleasure that we join together this evening to both honour the legacy that has been left to us by one man, and to officially open a learning resource which will continue his work long into the future.”

Speaking at the event on behalf of Mr Kamal Malhotra was Ms Caitlin Wiesen, Acting Interim Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Vietnam.

She said: “As one of only two UNIS institutions in the world, you are in an unrivalled position to help the world tackle the most important challenge of our time. Your voices need to be heard and you play a big role in building a kind of world we want, a world which achieves the Sustainable Development Goals and leaves no one behind.”

As part of the event, guests were invited to recycle plastic waste gathered by our students to experience our commitment to sustainability directly.

Setting a strong example of “actions speak louder than words”, our ES students have already taken the lead in the plastic recycling programme and gardening experiment. Many classes have visited the recycling centre or booked beds for gardening. They even helped make a short video promoting the Sustainability Centre and it’s widely shared at the assemblies this week. Take a look!