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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: Nov 12, 2020

Toxic Legacy Pollution: Safeguarding Public Health and Environment from Industrial Wastes. (PB – 73)


Legacy pollutants are chemicals, often used or produced by industry, which remain in the environment long after they were first introduced. The continuous or intermittent discharge (releases & emissions) of unintended/undesired products/wastes from industries, containing such toxic chemicals into the environment results in legacy pollution. Without environmentally sound waste management and remediation, such sites, because of the hazardous exposure, remain a threat to public health for indefinite period, especially to the vulnerable population including children. In Pakistan, wastes management has long been an issue of critical concern, for the health sector, environmental protection agencies and civic authorities in the country. None of these bodies has the resources, the facilities or expertise to ensure the environmentally sound waste management. Legacy toxic pollution from hazardous waste sites, is rapidly on the increase globally (including Pakistan), damaging the environment as well as affecting the public health.

Identification and characterization of polluted sites is the first step toward protecting environment and safeguarding communities from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals & metals. In a recent study report by sustainable development policy institute (SDPI), about the initial assessment of 38 sites in three provinces of the country, has indicated growing significant risk, both to the environment & health of the people, especially those living in the near vicinity and around the investigated sites (Khwaja, 2020). Due to poor environmental legislative control and environmentally unsound & unfriendly manufacturing processes adopted by many industries in the country would, most likely, further enhance environmental degradation & compound the environmental issues as well as an increase in the number of hazardous sites in the country. Toxic pollution is considered the largest cause of death in low- and middle- income countries. According to Pure Earth, over 100 million people are estimated to be at risk from toxic pollution, observed at levels above the international health standards (Pure Earth 2016). It’s well established that public health in more than one way ultimately also impacts the national economy.