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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.

Study of Mercury Levels in Air, in and around Mercury Emissions and Releases Sites in Pakistan

EEB/ZMWG – SDPI Collaboration on Mercury

For the final research report.

Mercury (Hg), also known as quick silver poses risks not only to environment but also to human health.  Its sources are quite diverse; ranging from thermometers, electric bulbs, and switches to power plants, coal fired power stations, metal smelters, gold mining and cement industry. It is also employed in some cosmetics like facial creams; and dental treatments like mercury amalgam filling. A persistent pollutant, Mercury is not limited to its source but it travels and sometimes thousands of kilometers away from the source. Mercury poses risks to environment and human health, especially of children. Early this month, 140 countries in Geneva adopted a ground-breaking, world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and European Environment Bureau (EEB), Brussels, Belgium have agreed to collaborate for a joint study on assessing mercury air pollution in selected cities in the country. The contract was signed by Mr. Jeremey Wates, Secretary, EEB and Dr. Abid Qayyum Suleri, Executive Director, on behalf of SDPI. Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project manager, and Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, senior adviser, chemicals and sustainable industrial development, SDPI would be the focal persons for the project activities. Ministry of disaster management, Pakistan environmental protection agency (Pak – EPA), Institute of Chemical Sciences, Peshawar University, Khyber PakhtunKhawa and Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG)  have already extended their support for the study. SDPI has been an active founding member of international, also based in Brussels (

In the first phase, mercury air monitoring will be carried out with Lumex mercury analyzer, at Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The envisaged monitoring sites will primarily be in/outside dental clinics, light manufacturing products industry, and chlor-alkali plant. In the second phase, study would extended to other cities in the country also including  cement industries, coal based power-plants, hospital incinerators brick-kilns and wastes sites.

Team Members :

*Maryam Shabbir Abbasi received her degree of Bachelors in Environmental Sciences, from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She has worked as researcher in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rawalpindi, National Cleaner Production center (NCPC). (

*Sehrish Jahangir has done M.Sc Environmental Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi with Environmental Chemistry as major. Presently, she is associated with SDPI, as Research Assistant and has two years of experience as a researcher. Earlier she also worked at Fatima Jinnah Women University and Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad (

*Fareeha Mehmood has done Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. Presently, she is working as Research Assistant at SDPI and has one and half year of experience as a researcher in Energy and Environment. Earlier, she also worked at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi for one year. (

*Sadaf Nawaz Sadaf Nawaz graduated  in Environmental Sciences, from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi and has worked National Cleaner Production Center  Foundation, Rawalpindi and Military Hospital assisting in flood relief efforts. (

*Sadia Sharif holds a Master degree in education from Fatima Jinnah Women University.She had been working as Advocacy Officer at SDPI.

*Syed Waqar Ali recieved his BSC(Hons.) degree from COMSATS University of Science and Technology Islamabad.

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Mahmood A. Khwaja