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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.

Paris summit: Pakistan’s INDCs document flawed, says Kakakhel
By: By Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: An expert has said that Pakistan’s document containing commitments concerning climate change issues, which it has submitted to the UN ahead of the Paris summit, was a sham document and full of flaws.

The final document known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) has been submitted by Pakistan at the UN Secretariat declaring what actions the country has taken or intends to take under a new global agreement expected to be reached at the UN Climate Change Conference scheduled for next month in the French capital.

The Ministry of Climate Change submitted the country’s national carbon emission reduction strategy to the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Thursday, without fixing any measurable goal.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) board of governors member and former deputy executive director of UN Environment Programme Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel while speaking at the third training workshop for journalists organised by Heinrich Boll Stiftung here on Saturday said that there was a disagreement between developed and developing countries on the level of carbon mitigations and the developed countries wanted to rewrite the draft of the agreement.

He said that in Copenhagen, the US President Barack Obama had said that the developed countries would contribute $100 billion per annum in global climate fund, but now the US says that $100 billion should come through domestic resources of all countries.

While talking about technology transfer, he said that developed countries are of the opinion that the technology is the domain of private sector and governments have no role or authority to transfer it to developing countries. Similarly, he said the developed countries have their own opinion on capacity-building issues of the developing countries.

Kakakhel said that there was no consensus among countries on any disputed issue regarding global climate agreement.

He said that emerging economies such as India and China will have an important role in the new agreement.

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