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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.

Fog Frequency Across South-Asia: A Climate Change Perspective

Jan 6

3:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3


  •       Dr. Muhammad Hanif, Director, Metrological Department
  •       Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Ramay, Senior Researcher, SDPI 

(Concept Note)


One of the major weather hazards in South Asian winter is heavy fog, which may extend over tens to thousands of kilometers and last for several days. Fog reduces visibility, often causing accidents, besides affecting human health in other ways. An increasing trend in fog frequencies in South Asia during winter over the last few decades has resulted in large economical losses and has caused difficulties in the daily lives of people. The total economic loss associated with the impact of fog occurrence can be comparable to that of tornadoes or, in some cases, winter storms and hurricanes. For example, there were over 200 flight diversions during January 2010 alone at the Delhi International Airport, causing a number of flight cancellations and delays.


In order to better understand the fog phenomenon in the context of South Asia, research was conducted on the climatology, inter-annual variability and trends in fog occurrence over the period 1976-2010, using observational data from 82 stations distributed across India and Pakistan. Fog blankets large areas across the region during high winters. Analysis suggests that fog variability over the whole region must be governed by some large scale phenomenon on the inter-annual time scale.


In this context, the Sustainable Developmetn Policy Institute invties you to attend a special seminar on the said subject. The seminar will highlight findings from the research conducted, particularly in the context of harmful impacts of fog variablitiy in the region.


The event can also be watched live at


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Chair: Mr. Kashif M. Salik, Research Associate, SDPI

Dr. Faisal Saeed Syed, Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology