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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Choose between renewable energy or destruction: Dr Banuri
By: Rashid Khalid
Sustainable Development Policy Institute founding executive director Dr Tariq Banuri has said that fossil fuels will clearly destroy the world due to global warming and the resulting climate change so we have to make the switch to renewable energy sources.
 
Dr Banuri was speaking at a daylong meeting to debate upon ‘Climate and Energy’ jointly organised here by SDPI and Centre for Climate Research and Development at Comsats University.The meeting attended by experts from various countries discussed issues that will be deliberated upon at international climate change negotiations to be held in Paris, France, in December. Shakeel Ramay from SDPI moderated the debate.
 
Dr Banuri said that human beings have destroyed ecosystems on Earth (more than 50% of the world’s forests are gone) and we are in a crisis that is endangering the entire planet. He said that as a result of climate change, Pakistan is now facing more cyclones in the Arabian Sea, the number and intensity of floods in Pakistan has increased, there is now Dengue Fever in the country due to rising temperatures and our ice packs in the high mountains are melting. Even our monsoons, he continued, are becoming erratic so climate change is indeed a very serious issue. “The only solution is a form of energy that will not destroy the planet,” he concluded.
 
Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushaid Ullah Khan, inaugurating the debate, said that Metro Service is using energy efficient (Euro II) engines in the buses and will save on fossil fuels. He also pointed out that the National Climate Change Policy is finally going to be implemented and that in the 2015-16 budget, the Government of Pakistan has announced interest free loans for solar tube wells, zero import duty on solar and wind power generation equipment and 5-years tax holiday and zero sales tax on local manufacture of solar, wind power equipment.
 
Earlier in his welcome address, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that the debate is learning from stakeholders and people in order to strengthen people’s resilience. He said we will learn what people think of the climate change and the energy challenges facing Earth and the ways to solve them.
 
Dr Khalid Riaz from the CCRD in his vote of thank observed that climate change is a shared responsibility.
 

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