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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: Apr 23, 2021

SDPI press release “Experts urge developed countries to support clean and green recovery for the better future”

Islamabad: (April 23, 2021). Enhanced global and regional cooperation could play critical role to respond to growing challenges emanating from climate change. Developed countries should come forward to support developing countries for the clean and green recovery. The environmentalists and climate change experts said this while sharing their views with the audience at special webinar on ‘World Earth Day, climate crisis and the road to Glasgow,’ held here by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in connection with the World Earth Day.

Director Climate Program, World Resources Institute (WRI)-India, Ms Ulka Kelkar, on the occasion said that this earth day was precedented by the pandemic, locust attack and a devastating super cyclone in India and Bangladesh. The challenge for south Asian countries is to develop a low-carbon infrastructure to rely on for a sustainable growth in the future and they need technologies for their climate adaptation and for taping on their renewable energy resources.

She emphasized that “the implementation of the climate action will have to happen at local and sectoral level and thus, local stake holders need to be supported.” Likewise, the climate change budget and climate change finance need to be trickle down to the local level. She added.

Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Dr Saleemul Haq, lamented that no tangible action has been seen in the past 25 years to respond to the the climate change. He emphasized that the SAARC platform and the regional research think tanks working on climate change should join hands for crafting a regional climate action plan for a better and sustainable future.

Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, highlighted that the earth day is being marked again amidst the pandemic and signifies the need of a greater preparedness. He was of view that the developing countries need to come up with a collective agenda and push the greater emitters for low carbon initiatives.

“The clean and green recovery and growth in the developing countries could be made possible only with the  help of the developed countries and by creating a green climate fund,” Dr Suleri said and added further that the road to Glasgow should be coming up with our own indigenous agenda for clean and green recovery.

Climate Scientist, Dr Fahad Saeed, was of the view that there is need to translate the climate change science into local languages to make it more effective at the local levels. He suggested that we need to strike a delicate balance between ambitious climate action as set by the developed countries and to ensure a sustainable economic growth.

Dr Imran Khalid, Research Fellow at SDPI, while covering diverse aspects of the topic said that climate change is a reality, and we need concrete and tangible steps to cope up with its impacts.