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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.

Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Aug 28, 2012

UNIQUE URDU BOOK ON ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS LAUNCHED

The latest book on Environment, launched on Monday, is a remarkable effort to inform the masses on ecological state of affairs in the country. The rare publication “Mahool, Mauashra and Paidar Taraqi”, (Environment, Society and Sustainable Development) is a compilation of selected research articles and papers authored by eminent writers, including Dr. Tariq Banuri, Anil Agarwal, Ahmad Salim, Dr. Mahmood A. Khwajaj, and published in various editions of SDPI’s premier environmental journals “Paidar Taraqi” and “Dharti” over the last twenty years.

“Environmental literature in Urdu can be more effective in creating awareness and encouraging people to preserve the nature”, said Dr Anwar Ahmad, Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA) while chairing the launch of book organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He called upon experts to use Urdu language to present environmental information to general public.

The initiative is necessary given the fact that the development and dissemination of environmental information in the country have often been limited to the English language. “There is dearth of research material and environmental literature in Urdu, which is a reason that common man is indifferent to environmental issues and debates on the subject” remarked Ahmad Salim, Senior Advisor, SDPI. The book not only summarizes important environmental concerns during the last two decades in Pakistan but also showcases SDPI’s twenty years of research and struggle for conservation of nature.

Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, lead contributor of the book, while introducing the publication read several exerts from main articles of the book on the occasion.

Quoting Dr. Tariq Banori, he said, sustainable human development not only produces economic growth but also ensures its equitable distribution. “Sustainable development is pro-poor and pro-nature which not only preserves ecology and but also empowers people.” He also narrated exerts from article of Aneel Agarwal on environmental politics and said this article is a must read to understand the global politics on environment.

Shafqat Kakakel, (Retd) Ambassador, suggested to translate environmental laws into Urdu, especially Pakistan Environment Protection Act, for better understanding, implementation and to reach out to common public. He also urged political parties to come forward and include ecological preservation in their manifestos.

Dr Humaira Ishfaq, compiler of the book, speaking on the occasion said, the articles were carefully selected so that the publication would herald diverse avenues for debate, action and positive intervention in the society.