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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.

Ban on Plastic Bags in Islamabad: Challenges & Opportunities

Aug 19

3:00PM to 05:00pm

SDPI's Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor Taimur Chambers, 10-D (WEST), Fazl-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad.


Pakistan has become 128th country to put a ban on plastic bags in the federal capital territory from August 14th, 2019. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh has also announced a ban on plastic bags in Karachi. Ministry of Climate Change is also planning to take other provinces on board to put a ban on it. Plastic bags not only affect marine life, birds, animals but also affects human health. It chokes drains and do not decompose for years. Anyone seen using plastic bag in Islamabad will face a penalty of Rs5,000. A vendor using a plastic bag will face a fine of Rs10,000. The industry will face fines upto Rs50,000 to Rs1 million, if it does not comply with the regulations.


  • Ms Zartaj Gul Wazir, State Minister for Climate Change, Government of Pakistan
  • Mr. Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad
  • Prof. Usman Chaudhry, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
  • Ms Maryam Shabbir, Environmentalist Sustainable Development Policy Institute
  • Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairperson BoG, SDPI 
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