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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.

The Trade Knowledge Network

We are currently South Asian focal points for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) led Trade Knowledge Network (TKN). As part of our responsibilities, we have managed to formulate a group of three South Asian partners who have collaborated with us on TKN research.

Foreign Investment Contracts and Sustainable Development
We are involved in a global project dealing with Foreign Investment Contracts and their concern with sustainable development. One often gets to read press reports that portray the substantial increase in FDI in the country as one of the major achievements of the present government. However, what we focus on is the little known, and much ignored aspect of what goes on behind the scenes in negotiating the investment deals and their potential impact on SD concerns.

While we are yet to embark on a detailed project, the scooping work that we conducted for Pakistan suggests that sustainable development concerns are completely ignored in the quest to attract investors at any cost. In the case of the Kirthar National Park controversy, where the government awarded an oil exploration concession to Shell-Premier, national legislation was circumvented and finally altered to allow the deal to go through. There is absolutely no transparency in either the negotiation of the FICs in Pakistan or the arbitration of disputes, which often are referred to international arbitration. In order to incorporate SD concerns, reforms must be introduced at four levels: the contract negotiation process, the terms of the contract themselves, the dispute resolution mechanism, and alignments between the policy environment in which the investment deals are sealed and sustainable development.