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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.

National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)

Partner: UNEP, Ministry of Environment

Duration: 2008-09


SDPI owes its inception to National Conservation Strategy of Pakistan. The strategy pre-pared in 1992 contained a recommendation about establishing an independent policy think-tank that is SDPI. Since its inception it has been working on various aspects of sustainability following a multidisciplinary approach. SDPI signed a memorandum of understanding with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for joint activities in Pakistan

One such joint venture was the preparation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) that SDPI prepared for the Federal Ministry of Environment (MOE) and UNEP. NSDS focuses on achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially poverty alleviation and enhanced human development. The Strategy, based on a coordinated, participatory, and continuous process of analysis, debate and consensus, has integrated the economic, social and environmental objectives of Pakistani polity and is being developed upon the recognition of the direct linkages between environmental management and poverty alleviation.

NSDS is focused on key sectors, including agriculture, water, energy, forestry, waste management and sustainable production and trade. It not only incorporates existing policies, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and Vision 2030 to shape an integrated cohesive strategy, but also defines the institutional and financial mechanisms to operate this strategy. The idea is to bring environment and climate change policies into all facets of policy, particularly into development and investment decisions. The Strategy provides for the establishment of a National Commission for Sustainable Development, which would motivate, plan, and coordinate policies and programs contributing to sustainable development in Pakistan, with the active participation of all stakeholders for the prosperity of present and future generations.

Pakistan’s NSDS was launched along with other South Asian NSDSs in an international moot hosted by UNEP regional office Thailand. The national launch of NSDS was carried out during SDPI’s annual conference in December 2009.