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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.

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Published Date: Dec 20, 2010

Cancun Agreement: A Step in the Right Direction ? (P-37)


The Bali summit of UNFCCC was a turning point for climate change negotiations after Kyoto Protocol. Countries recognized that inactions to combat climate change will increase the cost and losses to the planet. The difficulty of reaching a consensus among all countries during negotiations was realized at the outset of the Bali summit. One of the major issues of contention was that of mitigation as developed countries persistently demanded that developing countries contribute in mitigation efforts. However, at end of Bali, the Bali Action Plan was formulated on which all countries agreed. It was also decided that negotiations will be built on the basis of the Bali Action Plan. The Bali Action Plan has four pillars; Finance, Technology Transfer, Adaptation and Mitigation. At the core of the agreement lay the recognition that standards of equity and a comprehensive shared vision will act as the guiding principles at future negotiations. It was also decided that at Copenhagen UNFCCC will reach at some decision.

However, right after the Bali Summit differences become more evident and began widening amongst countries. Developed countries began employing different tactics to escape or at least delay actions stemming from their responsibility based on historical burden of emissions it. At the same time, developed countries started to ask developing countries to do more in terms of mitigation directly at the cost of national development and poverty alleviation programs. Emerging economies are among the prime target of all this debate and demands. Developing countries, including emerging economies, are more focused on adaptation due to their higher vulnerability to climate change. At the same time developing are offering to contribute in mitigation efforts but these commitments are conditional to the assistance from developed countries in the form of financial resources and technology.