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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.


Nov 14 - Nov 15

9:00am to 04:30pm

SDPI, Islamabad

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI),
Islamabad, in collaboration with Blacksmith Institute, USA and KPK
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is organizing a two days workshop on
“Assessment of Chemically Polluted Sites,” on November 14 & 15, 2011, at
SDPI, Islamabad (participation by invitation)


Mr. Bret Ericson
Bret Ericson is
a Program Officer for the Blacksmith Institute. He currently manages the Global
Inventory Project which has been supported by the European Commission, the
Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank and implemented jointly by
Blacksmith Institute and the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization. As the Program Officer he directs hiring and training of
professionals in some 47 countries. In addition he coordinates all efforts with
local government agencies and muti-lateral organizations.
Previously Mr.
Ericson directed environmental remediation efforts for Blacksmith Institute in
Latin America, where he managed projects dealing with lead oxide waste. Mr.
Ericson holds a Masters degree in Development Policy from the London School of
Economics and Political Science. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish and

Dr. Mahmood A.

Senior Advisor,
Chemical and Sustainable Industrial Development
Dr. Khwaja
earned his Ph.D. from La Trobe University of Science and Technology, Melbourne,
Australia and M.Sc. from University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
At SDPI, he has
been involved in working with the Technology Transfer for Sustainable
Industrial Development, Environmental Monitoring and Reporting/SMART Program
for Industry in Pakistan, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Hazardous
Chemicals, Wastes/Contaminated sites, Chemicals and Climate Change, Climate
Change Adaptation, Water Quality, Household Water Treatment Systems (HWTS),
EIA, MEAs on chemicals issues, "Mercury phase out" and "Male
Declaration and Air Pollution".
Prior to joining
SDPI, Dr. Khwaja held teaching positions at the University of Peshawar, La
Trobe University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast and Kumasi
University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He worked as a subject specialist
(science text books) with the NWFP Text Books Board and as senior scientific
officer with Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).

Mr. Bret
Ericson, Program Manager, BSI, New York, USA

Dr. Mahmood A.
Khwaja, SDPI, Islamabad.