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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.

Combating air pollution for improved public health, agriculture and economy: Time to act now

Nov 11

03:00pm to 05:00pm

SDPI conference hall, 4th floor, Taimoor Chambers, Fazal-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad

In line with the objectives, SDPI often organises roundtable discussions, seminars, and conferences where researchers and policy makers are facilitated to exchange ideas and benefit from each other’s experiences. One of the key subjects for such activities is climate change and environmental protection. 

 

Having serious implications on health and agriculture in South Asia, air pollution has become a serious threat that required urgent attention. In Pakistan, especially in the Punjab province, air quality has been rated hazardous for human health and agricultural produce. This year again the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Lahore has reached 550, crossing the hazardous level of air quality threshold limit by a significant margin, which raised alarm bells.

 

Major contributing factors for deteriorating air quality in Pakistan include vehicular pollution with very poor fuel quality along with lack of pollution control technologies, industrial pollution, burning of municipal and even industrial waste and uncontrolled emissions from brick kilns which again use dirty fuel such as rubber tyres. Moreover, air pollution gets worse during autumn, as can be witnessed in the shape of Lahore smog, due to crop stubble burning which occurs in India as well as Pakistan. Experts say that persistent exposure to air pollution can result in severe health issues, including asthma, lungs damage, bronchial infections and heart problems, which can shorten life expectancy and put at risk people’s right to life and a healthy environment. Air pollution’s negative effect on health and agriculture in turn affects economy, which is also a grave concern for the South Asian countries.

 

In the backdrop of Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 13 & 15 which deal with Good Health, Climate Action and Life on Land SDPI is organizing a seminar titled: “Combating air pollution for improved public health, agriculture and economy: Time to act now” with the purpose to highlight the gravity and scale of air pollution issue and to explore effective avenues to help mitigate the problem. 

 

Welcome Remarks:         Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI  

Moderated by:                 Dr Hina Aslam, Associate Research Fellow and Head of China Study Center, SDPI

Guest of Honour:            Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change

 

Panellists

·         Dr. Imran Khalid, Research Fellow and Heads the Environment & Climate Change Department, SDPI

·         Mr. Asif Shuja Khan, Former Director General, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA)

·   Dr. Tayyab Razi Rathore, Disease Surveillance Coordinator, National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad

·         Dr. Hafeez Memon, Director (MCH), Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad

       ·         Ms. Adeela Khan, Anthropologist