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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.

Staff Reporter

The Nation

Published Date: Mar 26, 2017

Nestlé, SDPI sign MoU on ‘Water Stewardship’

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Nestlé Pakistan and Sustainable Development PolicyInstitute (SDPI) have signed an MoU to collaborate on the theme of ‘WaterStewardship’ which will promote responsible use of water resources in Pakistan. Nestlé Pakistan is the first market in the Nestlé world to start implementing Alliance for WaterStewardship’s (AWS) Standard at the Sheikhupura factory (currently underway). This standard promotes better water management of site specific water use and water catchment areas to address shared water concerns related on quality, quantity and governance. Nestlé is committed to developing business in a way that facilitates effective Water Stewardship. SDPI is one of the oldest think tanks in Pakistan and has been providing research-based policy recommendations to the government of Pakistan on a wide array of issues including water, climate change, economic growth and sustainable development. The Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania ranks SDPI as one of top 15 research institute’s in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Under this MoU, Nestlé Pakistan and SDPI will identify and prioritise opportunities and challenges for sustainable water management, presenting Water Stewardship as an effective means to address this challenge.

Sundar Industrial Estate holds flower show

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC) Chairman has said that 740 factories belonging to different fields are working in Sundar Industrial Estate and investment made by these factories has reached upto Rs40 billion. He was addressing to a 5th Annual Flower Show held at Sundar Industrial Estate which concluded here yesterday. PIEDMC Chairman Rizwan Khalid Butt informed that number of direct employees in SIE has reached upto 0.125 million which the SIE has provided an opportunity of employment upto 800,000 people. He was the chief guest at the Spring Flower Show, which was also attended by some of the leading industrialists in Punjab alongside board members from BOM-SIE. Rizwan stated that according to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif vision for the estate, ‘We want to make Sundar as green as any eco-friendly industrial estate in the world. We have allocated special resources for to achieve this goal and will have a fully green Sundar Industrial Estate within the next four months.”

CDNS achieved Rs 163b upto March 15

ISLAMABAD (APP): Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has achieved Rs163 billion savings till last week of third quarter of current fiscal year, from July 1 to March 15, 2016-17. The target for the year 2016-17 was Rs228 billion, while the directorate managed to achieve Rs218 billion for the previous fiscal year, a CDNS official said. He said the CDNS had notified upward revision in the profit rates for various saving certificates to benefit its investors especially the widow and pensioners, which had been applicable from February 1, 2017. "The instant revision was made in the backdrop of current market scenario and in accordance with the government’s policy to provide market based competitive rate of return to the investors of National Savings", he said. He said as per notification issued by the federal government, the new rates for Defense Savings Certificate, Special Saving Certificate and Account, Regular Income Certificate and Savings Accounts had been revised upward at an average of 7.54 percent, 6.03 percent, 6.54 percent and 3.95 percent, respectively.

UVAS distributes Rs1.5m subsidy among ostrich farmers

LAHORE (APP): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore has distributed cheques worth Rs1.5 million as subsidy among ostrich farmers under its project titled "Developing of Ostrich Farming in Punjab”. Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Punjab Asif Saeed Manais gave away the cheques to 18 successful ostrich farmers. The project is a joint venture of UVAS and Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab and is aimed at establishing ostrich farming as a cottage industry in Pakistan.  The project was launched in October 2016 with a total budget of Rs69.94 million with major portion of around Rs60 million to be distributed among ostrich farmers as subsidy. The UVAS has so far registered 3,000 ostrich chicks at 61 ostrich farms in 18 districts of Punjab. The project team visits each registered ostrich farm regularly and guides the farmers about feed, medicine and management related issues.