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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.

Samiullah Randhawa

Pakistan Today

Published Date: Mar 22, 2018

World Water Day: Panelists highlight importance of water at LUMS

LAHORE: Environmental damage together with climate change is driving water-related crises seen around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are worsened by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.
This was stated by the panelists of a discussion held in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Nestle to mark the World Water Day 2018 on Thursday.
WWF-Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Executive Director Dr Abid Suleri, Centre for Water Informatics & Technology Director Dr Abubakar Muhammad, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Chairman Dr Yousaf Zafar and LUMS Rector Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi were among the panelists.
The panelists were of the view that when ecosystems were neglected, it became harder to provide the public with water needed to survive and thrive.
Hammad Naqi Khan at the occasion said, “Pakistan is a water-stressed country and is nearing the threshold of water scarcity. Access to safe drinking water in rural and urban areas is declining and the provision of potable water is a key issue that the people face.”
He noted that the implementation of laws pertaining to industrial effluents generated from the textile and leather industries were very weak. “Industrial waste from these industries contains heavy metals such as copper, chromium, and nickel. A large population living in the major cities of Pakistan does not have access to safe drinking water as freshwater resources are being contaminated due to multiple reasons,” he added.
LUMS Rector Dr Sohail H Naqvi said that the Indus water captured the path of a water droplet melting at glaciers and making its way through the complex domain. WWF-Pakistan in partnership with LUMS should extend its work on awareness campaigns with students, who are the future of the country, he added.
Zamir Ahmed Somroo, PCRWR Regional Director said, “The stress on safe drinking water is a basic right for humans but water is a fast depleting resource that is shared among all of us as individuals, farmers, industry, the environment and communities, and therefore needs to be protected with public-private collaborations.”
It is worth mentioning that the World Water Day is celebrated globally to highlight the importance of water-related issues by raising awareness and encouraging policymakers to look into sustainable development initiatives in cities as a support to lessen stress on urban water systems. This year, the international World Water Day is being celebrated with the extended theme of ‘Nature for Water’. Source: https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/22/world-water-day-panelists-highlight-importance-of-water-at-lums/