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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 10, 1993

Implementation of UNCED Agreements (P-11)

The environment is an area of growing concern. This was most visible in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit last June when policy makers from around the world reached an historic agreement on steps to halt environmental degeneration. During the two weeks of the Summit, the Government of Pakistan, like most other countries of the world, signed three agreements: the Biological Diversity Convention, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Agenda 21. In this essay I suggest that the time has come to begin to fulfil our commitments and to take advantage of opportunities created by these agreements. This will require concerted action by a number of agencies in the government.

Pakistan played a prominent role in Rio by representing the concerns of the South as leader of the Group of 77, a loose confederation of lesser developed countries who felt that the industrialised or northern countries, since northern countries accepted the primary responsibility for destroying the environment as well as for saving it. In addition, obligations placed on the South mainly involve collecting information and preparing programmes which are to be fully funded through new and additional financial assistance. While the South is free to undertake independent action, the incremental costs of such action will also be fully funded.

The Biological Diversity Convention is designed to provide guidelines for the conservation of biodiversity, promote the sustainable use of its components, and ensure equitable sharing of the benefits arising our of the use of genetic resources. By signing this treaty, Pakistan has agreed to ensure that fragile ecosystems within its national jurisdiction are protected, to identify and monitor biological components, to establish protected areas, to regulate and manage components, to adopt measures (such as by providing incentives) aimed at minimising adverse effects on biodiversity, to establish an efficient public awareness campaign, and finally to cooperate with other (regional) countries in achieving these objectives. These tasks are made easier by provisions that require richer, or northern, countries to assist countries with limited resources in tackling the terms of this treaty. Aid in the form of exchange of information — scientific or other — allowing easy access to technological and technical equipment or information, and financing has been agreed to in principle.