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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.

WTO Doha Round & South Asia: Linking Civil Society with Trade Negotiations (SAFIT, Phase 2)
By: SDPI

Partner: CUTS International

Duration: 2005-08

Introduction:
Involvement of civil society in trade negotiations under WTO is necessary not only to create broader ownership of outcomes of those negotiations, but to seek advice from stakeholders on domestic preparedness around such initiatives. Governments in South Asia are criticized by civil society about lack of transparency in trade negotiations. Very often the lack of domestic preparedness is attributed to weak negotiation terms by home governments. It is in this context that SDPJ and its partner organizations in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka with the support of Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) carried out a three year policy research and advocacy on the five crucial issues in WTO negotiations: Agriculture, Non Agriculture Market Access, Trade in Services, Trade Facilitation and Development Dimensions of trade.

Liberalization of trade in services and domestic preparedness in the services sector of Pakistan was the focus of research during 2007-08. The research findings of Pakistan Case Study were published in “South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round: In Search of a True Development Agenda, Volume 2” by CUTS International.

Finding:
It was observed through research studies that civil society (including media, trader’s community, NGOs, academia, and chambers of commerce) does not have any say in trade negotiations. This results in lack of ownership and lack of domestic preparedness.

Activities:
In order to strengthen the capacity of civil society including the media and to broaden the knowledge base of academia, policy makers and researchers, two national consultative workshops were organized during the reporting period to discuss the findings of the research. A regional workshop was also held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January 2008 for mutual learning among South Asian Project Partners. SDPI is facilitated a dialogue between economic managers among government and civil society representatives. Two in camera sessions were arranged to discuss these issues with parliamentarians of the ruling alliance.

Ministry of Commerce WTO Cell sought SDPI’s input on regulatory aspects of services sector as well as on a progress report related to services sector that is prepared by ITA and MOC under an EU funded project.

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Nazish Brohi , Wajiha Anwar