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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.

Published Date: Sep 16, 2012

IUCN GCC 2012 CALLS FOR A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT FOR MERCURY (HG) USE & RELEASES CONTROL (SDPI PRESS RELEASE)

World leaders at IUCNs “Global Conservation Congress (GCC) 2012”, have adopted SDPI Motion and called upon government representatives of intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to support a legally binding treaty on Mercury with an objective to protect human health and the environment from hazardous and toxic Mercury.

The IUCN member’s assembly, the highest decision-making body of the IUCN, is a unique global environmental parliament of governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This year over 10, 000 people, including 5000 conservative experts from 153 countries participated in GCC 2012 which concluded on September 15, 2012 at Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Mahmood. A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor, chemicals and sustainable industrial development, SDPI addressed the IUCN members assembly and presented motion on behalf of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He agreed to the comments proposed on the submitted draft motion, by ministry of environment, Japan & Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the amendments proposed by Department of environment, food and rural affairs, UK. The resolution was adopted with an overwhelming support of 88% vote in favor whereas only 02% votes were casted against with about 10% abstentions.

The resolution calls for effective measures to reduce and where feasible eliminate mercury use and releases to the air, water and land and asks for a National Implementation Plan (NIP) to ensure effective development and implementation of treaty. The resolution also asks for adaptation of guidance for the identification and characterization of the contaminated sites and adherence to the agreed time table of the treaty with effective and enforceable treaty compliance provisions. The draft resolution also requests Director General IUCN to work with the IUCN Commissions and membership networks for the promotion of enhanced awareness regarding adverse health effects of mercury exposure and protection.

The adopted motion is part of SDPI’s efforts and support for global efforts to phase out toxic chemicals leading to their elimination with special attention given to mercury. Mercury is an extremely toxic substance which is a major threat to wildlife, ecosystem and human health at a global scale. It is also a major threat to fish which constitute an all-important nutritious component of human diet. Children are more at risk from mercury poisoning which affects their neurological development and brain. Mercury poisoning diminishes memory, attention, thinking and sight.