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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: Oct 17, 2016

Healthy Skin is Beauty NOT The Complexion

S. Waqar Ali and Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja

Executive summary

The use of mercury (3rd most hazardous chemical) in various cosmetic products, particularly for its
skin whitening effects, has been in practice since the nineteenth century and such products continue
to be easily accessible in open markets and are most commonly used all around the world including
many developing countries. The obsession for fair skin in the subcontinent is believed to have
emerged with the introduction of the cast system according to which fair complexion was
considered as the domain of the upper ruling class, whereas dark complexion was associated with
the lower working class. It is also suggested that the migration of Aryans who were much fairer than
the local population may also have influenced the dark skinned population’s desire for fair
complexion. Living under the regime of various colonial legacies for more than two centuries could
have further influenced the local population to perceive white skin as a sign of power and
superiority. Presently, preference for a fair skin has also been intensified by the fairness cream
industries through extensive electronic & print media campaigns. The most unfortunate
exaggerations in some advertisements can even reach to the extent that they project fair skin as an
essential prerequisite for success in both professional and personal matters.