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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.

Phasing out Mercury (Hg)/Mercury in Products and other Heavy Metals

Team Members: Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja

Advancing Sound Chemical Management for Sustainable Development and a Toxic Free Asia

Sound management of chemicals is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment, and the elevation and maintenance of the standard of living in countries at all levels of development.

In Asia, one of the most immediate problems facing many governments is chemical management. More than 50,000 chemical substances with one million combinations are being used daily in agricultural, industrial and household activities. However, guidance for any chemicals consuming sector for managing chemicals and chemicals containing wastes is not readily available. In addition, environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement continue to be a major problem too. Hence, hazardous releases and wastes cause immediate short-term public health problems as well as long-term environmental pollution.

SDPI research, training/capacity building and advocacy/networking aims to look at the prospects and problems of sound chemical management (SCM) in Pakistan and countries of the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on the following:

  • Mainstreaming SCM in the country development plan
  • Good governance and strengthening capacities for SCM
  • Mitigating risk to environment, human health, specially children and workers
  • Best available technologies (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP)
  • Waste and obsolete chemicals management
  • Chemicals’ hotspots and remediation of chemically polluted sites
  • Education and awareness raising and role of stakeholders
  • SCM in changing climate

Chemicals of priority interest for joint/collaborative activities are Mercury Hg), Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Heavy Metals (Lead & Cadmium)

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Mahmood A. Khwaja