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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.

Ecosystem restoration In Sustainable Consumption and Production Context

Jun 5

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Background & Context

World Environment Day (WED) takes place every year on 5 June. It is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s observance of World Environment Day will be on the theme of ‘ecosystem restoration’ and focus on resetting our relationship with nature with Pakistan as the global host. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

The strategy for the UN Decade recognizes that one of the primary barriers to achieving large-scale restoration is the limited awareness across societies of:

  • The extensive negative effects of ecosystem degradation and the consequential impacts on well-being and livelihoods,
  • the cost of degradation, and conversely,
  • the substantial benefits that accrue with investments into ecosystem restoration

As such, the strategy for the UN Decade identifies the need to support a peer-driven participatory movement as one of the key pathways for restoration. The 10 key strategic actions devised by the United Nations which will help restore ecosystem include: 1) Empowering a global movement, 2) financing restoration on the ground, 3) setting the right incentives, 4) celebrating leadership that takes the lead in restoration, 5) shifting behavior towards ecosystems, 6) investing in research in resilience and sustainability of ecosystems, 7) building capacity of diverse stakeholders in ecosystem, 8) Celebrating a culture of restoration of ecosystems through art, music and other cultural entities, 9) building up the next generation giving importance to youth, and 10) Listening and learning processes.

Worldwide, there is a growing consensus that human societies need to move away from the current consumption and production models that use the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet and start producing and consuming more sustainably. Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

UNEP has been promoting principles of sustainable consumption and production and resource efficiency, through advocacy, science-policy interface, convening, and multi-stakeholder engagement. UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok is also implementing EU funded SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component (RPAC) project that promotes the uptake of sustainable consumption and production practices in Asia and strengthening a dialogue on green economy and SCP at regional, sub-regional and national level.

The Government of Pakistan with the support of the UNEP and the stakeholders is implementing various events for raising awareness, building technical capacity, sharing knowledge and good practices, and forging partnerships for ecosystem restoration to launch the UN Decade.

Given the context above, and in recognizing the importance of SCP, shedding a spotlight and raising awareness on SCP & ecosystem restoration for some of Pakistan’s relevant ecosystem types like Urban Ecosystem, Ocean and river ecosystems and farmland ecosystems would be both fitting and desirable.

Accordingly, SDPI with the support of the EU-funded SWITCH Asia programme implemented by UNEP is organizing this webinar to raise awareness, build technical capacity, share knowledge and good practices, and forge partnerships for ecosystem restoration in Pakistan and to launch the UN Decade. The online webinar on “Ecosystem Restoration In Sustainable Consumption and Production Context” will be organized on 5th June 2021 to celebrate the theme and to highlight linkages between ecosystem restoration and principles of sustainable consumption and production and resource efficiency, and promote the uptake of sustainable consumption and production practices in Asia and strengthening a dialogue on green economy and SCP in Pakistan.

Objectives:

To highlight the concept of ecosystem restoration to members of the general public through voices from the ground, showcase relevant best practices and expert opinion on links between ecosystem restoration and sustainable consumption and production.

Outline:

Initial submission is that we keep it as a webinar to keep online audience engaged.

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SzgHmbAiTsCQL3QGzHDuJQ