Asset 1

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.

Financing arrangements for ecosystem restoration (Ecosystem Restoration Fund), Pakistan

Jun 2

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Many countries face the twin challenges of stopping the decline in nature and responding to the climate crisis, requiring coordinated but distinct policies to address both. Addressing the pressures on nature will require national policies focused on ecosystem and species protection and restoration, including protection of highly biodiverse forests, wetlands and marine areas. At the same time, meeting climate mitigation and adaptation targets requires countries to invest in low-carbon energy systems and resilient infrastructure. Meeting national nature and climate goals could overlap significantly with cost-effective nature-based solutions – such as afforestation and peatland restoration which reduce emissions while also protecting and restoring valuable ecosystems. While some integrated solutions to both crises are available to policymakers, targeted policies to mobilise financial resources will be needed to ensure that the natural world is protected, while emissions reductions and adaptation needs are met. Countries lack the financial resources and incentives to address nature and climate challenges, despite the growing evidence of its materiality. Unsustainable levels of sovereign debt threaten many countries and the imperative of an inclusive, green transition becomes all the more important. COVID-19 has put immense strain on governments’ ability to service their mounting debts. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that half of low-income countries are either at high risk of, or in, debt distress. The G20 has temporarily suspended debt payments for many developing countries, and the international community is now looking for solutions to ensure the pandemic does not lead to lasting economic damage.

There is growing global momentum towards linking sovereign debt payments with quantifiable performance on biodiversity protection. And amid COVID19 pandemic, it was necessitated to re-popularize the mechanism of debt swaps and to attach finance with protection of nature with a view to reduce debt of the pandemic hit developing countries. While working to recover from COVID-19 by protecting nature and creating green jobs by piloting a new type of ‘nature performance bond’, Pakistan took lead to avail this offer and succeeded in entering negotiations with the bilateral lenders. Commitments from the international community to establish this facility can rapidly support Pakistan and many other countries to embark on ever more ambitious ways to rebalance our relationship with nature. The concept of ‘Dept for nature swap’ is gaining moment. The SDPI would like to have further discussion on the concept and how Pakistan is going to benefit from this facility with some of the bilateral lenders.

Chief Guest:

Honourable Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Governor Punjab (Acting) /Speaker Punjab Assembly
Honorable Sardar Usman Khan Buzdar, Chief Minister Punjab/ Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, SACM for Department of Information & Culture (Guest of Honor)

Special remarks:

Mr. Muhammad Rizwan, Provincial Minister for the Department of Environment, Govt of


  • Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI (Opening Remarks)
  • Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, SAPM on Climate Change (Chair )
  • Prof. Dr. Arifa Tahir H.o.D Environemnetal SciencesLCWU (Expert Remarks)
  • Prof. Dr. Faiza Sharif, H.o.D Sustainable Development and Environmental Sciences, GCU Lahore (Expert Remarks)
  • Prof. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman, Vice Chancellor, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. (Online)
  • Prof. Dr. Asif Ali, Vice Chancellor, MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Online)
  • Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza, Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University, Lahore (In person)
  • Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, Vice Chancellor Government College University, Lahore (In person)
  • Mr. Muhammad Rizwan, Provincial Minister for the Department of Environment, Govt of Punjab (Special Remarks)

Registration Link: