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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.

Kaleem Naqvi

Technology Times

Published Date: Aug 13, 2020

Book Launch: Speakers term hazardous industrial waste a critical issue to be addressed urgently

Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, the author of the book, has covered and identified various issues through his study pertaining the presence of hazardous and toxic waste material at 38 sites in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that pose serious health and environmental problems in the respective localities.

Dr Khwaja, who is a Senior Advisor at SDPI, introduced the participants with various aspects of his study and said that the presence of such industrial waste is not only creating an huge environmental issue but having serious health hazards for the populations residing near to such localities.
The purpose of writing this book is to draw the attention of policymakers towards this serious challenge,” Dr Khwaja said that this issue needs to be resolved urgently.
Former Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, termed the book as a highly valuable contribution in highlighting some crucial environmental issues in Pakistan.

He said the contents of this book need to be widely circulated for the benefit of both the people of Pakistan as well as the policymakers.
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, was of view that the book written by Dr Khwaja would be instrumental to identify the policy gaps regarding one of the most pressing environmental issues.

He added further that we have no dearth of relevant laws in Pakistan and the area that we need to strengthen is the capacity of our regulatory bodies for the better implementation on such laws.

Ms Yao Lingling from All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), was of view that the book is important in the context of environmental policy development in Pakistan. Besides, it provides the basis of collaborated efforts by Chinese and Pakistani civil society organizations about the knowledge sharing on toxic industrial waste and the relevant policies, she added.
The environmentalists and physicians from various parts of the world including Dr Roland Weber, Dr Lilian Corra, Prof. Bahajide I. Alo and Dr Joseph Digani, also shared their views with the participants on the various aspects of the book.

They were of view that the content of this book provided a much-needed insight on the health and environmental impacts of the hazardous industrial waste and why the issue needs to address as an urgent requirement.

Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director SDPI, while summing up the discussion, said that the book carries a critical insight for social accountability.