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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.


May 4

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Workers’ Memorial Day takes place on every April 28th- as an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases across the world. The themes of the day selected for 2011 are “Remembers the dead, fight for the living” and “Workers Need Strong Regulation and Enforcement; We don’t vote to die at work”.

This is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and to promote campaigns in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. 28 April was chosen for the days as it is the anniversary of the “Occupational Health and Safety Act” in the USA and also commemorates the day that 28 people were killed in a construction incident in Connecticut. Since 1989 trade unions in the USA, UK, Asia, Europe and Africa have organised events on and around 28 April.

The objective of this seminar is to highlight the plight of the workers and their rights for safer, healthier and better life, status of laws and changes required to meet the objectives. It will also highlight the crucial role played by trade unions, Labour laws, loopholes, and effective enforcement in securing safer workplaces for workers.

The conclusions of this seminar will form the basis for campaigns on Workers Memorial Day in Pakistan by encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to actively engage in addressing the workers health and safety problems in all sectors.

Chair: Ms Farzana Yasmin, Project Associate, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)


  • Mr Chaudhry Manzoor, Former MNA, PPP, Incharge Peoples Labour Bureau
  • Mr Akram Bunda, General Secretary PTV Workers Union, Deputy General Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF)
  • Mr C. R. Shamsi, Former Secretary General, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ)
  • Mr M. Zahoor Awan, Deputy General Secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF)