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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.

Peace a dividend for development of and stability in Afghanistan

May 10

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Auditorium, Islamabad

In continuance to an earlier offer in October 2017, Afghanistan’s top leadership on 28th February 2018 once again offered Taliban peace talks on host of issues including Taliban’s recognition by Kabul as political party and end of militancy against the government by Taliban and with a boarder objective of ending the 16 years’ long war in Afghanistan that caused death and destruction in that country. At a regional conference in Kabul recently, the Afghan leadership has called for a truce and a trust building process, expressing their readiness to accept Taliban as a political party allowing it to contest the elections to become part of the mainstream politics in the country. In return, Taliban have been asked to accept the peace initiative, the Afghan government and the Constitution of the country, even with some amendment in the Constitution to accommodate the Taliban as a political entity.

 

Pakistan has always been backing the efforts to hold unconditional talks with the Taliban and has expressed its readiness to facilitate any peace process which comes up as a result of this offer. Pakistan has been supporting peace process in Afghanistan as it considers that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is important for peace in the region and is in Pakistan’s interest. Despite some of the irritating situation on the borders, Pakistan has expressed restraint in the interest of peace and security of the people in the war-ravaged country. Pakistan’s chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated Pakistan’s stand on peace in Afghanistan while meeting his counterpart in Moscow during his visit in last week of April 2018.

 

The office of the National Security Adviser has formally welcomed The Afghan leadership’s desire seeking peace through dialogue saying Pakistan would facilitate the noble initiative as we believe that peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in Pakistan that is why we had supported efforts for political reconciliation. Despite some visible tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, leaderships in both countries have been pro-actively working behind the scene to find some common ground. The continued efforts of Pakistan’s top political and military leadership- the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa- paved the way for such an important development.