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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: Apr 24, 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic Emergence of a new Geopolitical Perspective

Introduction:
COVID-19 pandemic has brought social life, health systems and economies of the world to their knees, bringing all activities to a halt, albeit a majority of the affected being highly developed. The spectrum of this pandemic is so broad that 210 countries and territories have been hit so far with around 2.8 million affected cases and over 190,000 deaths rising day-by-day. Fear has grappled everyone and there is a widespread panic everywhere across the world. Entire communities are isolated and life is brought to a standstill that many are witnessing for the first time. The global shutdown has sent the world’s economy into a tailspin (Elliott 2020). Stock exchanges across the world are on course for fall. Global markets have seen their largest single-day drop since 1987 (Sraders 2020). Supply chains have been disrupted and will be difficult to restart (Campbell and Doshi 2020). The pandemic impact can be felt in all sectors and is getting worse as it spreads further to countries with fragile governance and economies (Yong 2020).

Key Messages:
• The dynamics of geopolitics are shaping up very quickly. Geopolitics is paving the way for a major change in global power structure. Avoiding conflict in long-term will require concise efforts broadly transforming the governance, economic and security structures for common goods globally.

• Starting from the restructuring of the UN Security Council, veto power culture needs to be abrogated. Regional chapters on the basis of population and economic size of the United Nations need to be introduced with the right of veto power. Reginal forums like EU, ASEAN, SAARC, etc. can serve the purpose as part of UN Security Council.

• There is a need to alter the structures of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) making them more concentrated on ‘human interests’ and not merely the economic interest of certain countries. The voting formula of IMF and World Bank should also be changed. The design of these institutions should also be changed to consider agendas exclusive to SDGs, etc.

• Belt and Road Initiative may be in jeopardy right now, but more multi-lateral initiatives, with a facet of lifting the low-income economies using sustainable business models, are required to create more balance in the living conditions across the world and to enable economies all over to increase expenditure on health and public wellbeing.

• The world needs a concise effort under an international security framework to stop the way of such diseases or catastrophe in future, considering pandemics like COVID-19, a collective enemy of all.