Asset 1

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 Report

Daily Times

Published Date: Apr 19, 2019

Saving the Earth: Oxford Uni faculty stresses Pak to adopt eco-socialism

Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Prof Dr Pritam Singh, on Thursday, criticised the old traditional western capitalist development model of the developed world for playing havoc with the environment
During his address, titled, “Sustainability implications of the spatial shift in global capitalism: an eco-socialist perspective,” organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here at Islamabad, he called it largely responsible for environmental destruction through global warming and biodiversity loss.
This capitalist model has failed to conserve the environment and ensuring sustainable livelihood, he maintained.
Prof Dr Singh, therefore, called for an immediate paradigm shift in the advanced capitalist economies and talked about the need to choose the alternative ‘eco-socialist’ development model to save the planet earth.
The professor said there remained evidence of a significant spatial shift in global capitalism, from relatively less populated countries (advanced capitalist economies) of the developed world to massively populated countries (emerging capitalist economies) of the developing world.
From 1980 to 2017, he added, there was a downward trend observed in the share of developed economies in the global GDP, including that of the US, UK, Germany and Japan.
On the other hand, an upward trend was said to be observed in the global share of GDP of the developing emerging economies, like Brazil, India and China.
He said further expansion and the deepening of capitalism would bring unprecedented environmental and social destruction.
Amid such circumstances, the proposed eco-socialism development perspective visualised a true eco-friendly economy and society, which could only be built by replacing capitalism with a classless society, he remarked.
Dr Singh also warned about the dire consequences and irreversible changes caused by climate change if global temperature hit the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030.
The world was said to have left with less than 11 years to take serious action.
The professor, ergo, called it a collective responsibility of individual consumers, institutional practices, collective organisational initiatives, government targets and policies, and global agreements, like Paris Agreement, to help mitigate the dire consequences of climate change. Instead of following the model of the developed world, he urged developing economies, like Pakistan, to learn from their mistakes and strive to build a self-sufficient economy.
To achieve sustainable development, every individual had the responsibility to change its consumption behaviour and adopt sustainable practices; he emphasised.
While moderating the session, SDPI Policy Director, Dr Shafqat Munir, noted that the economic policies and the development model of the developing economies, including Pakistan, should be environmentally friendly.
Without protecting the environment, we could not achieve sustainable development, he concluded.