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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.

Climate Resilient Economic Development: Making use of Natural and Human Capitals

Jul 24

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

SDPI, Seminar Hall, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Chief Guest:

  • Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain


  • Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector Genral Forests
  • Dr.Arshad Muhammad Khan, Executive Director, GCISC


  • Shakeel Ahmed Ramay, Head of Climate Change Unit , Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(Concept Note)

Human capital defined as one of the basic factors of production. It has an impact on individual income, job market, and productivity of firm, society, growth, and national economy. In present times climate change has emerged as a threat to the economic growth and development of countries especially the developing and least developed countries. Empirically it has been proven in the literature that climate change has a detrimental impact on the indicators of Human capital including education and health. Further the phenomenon of migration and marginalization also play a vital role in defining the situation. Women and minorities are impacted the most due to the marginalization and lack of required skills and resources.

Human Capital is also graded as a means to gauge the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of a country. It is pertinent to note that human capital can help build resilience by creation of new knowledge and innovation. From the work of IPCC, UNFCCC, UNEP, International Institutes, Sir Stern, INGOs, etc. it has been established that due to these vulnerabilities and risk, there would be serious implication for the globe. Situation can further be complicated if it is not tackled with right set of instruments and tools.

Whereas Natural capital provides a range of tangible and intangible goods and services through its ecosystems as diverse as forests, rangelands, lands and freshwater. It also contributes directly to livelihoods, employment and economic development. In addition, it plays an important role in fulfilling important functions, such as climate regulation, water filtration, soil regeneration, erosion control, carbon assimilation. Any decline or degradation in natural capital can undermine the development of poorer economies that are closely dependent on the environment. Despite this, while economically important natural resources get recognized in decision-making, the intangible values of natural capital are excluded or undervalued in development planning. Understanding that natural capital is fragile and highly vulnerable to the threats of climate change, it is important to assess how natural capital can contribute towards climate resilient economic development.