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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.

World Environment Day 2021

Theme of the Year: Preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide

The United Nations General Assembly in its 6th March 2019 Resolution decided to observe ‘The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems we can enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.

The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Restoration is a monumental task. Over the next ten years, every action counts. Every single day. Every country, company, organization, and individual has a role to play. Against a backdrop of environmental crisis, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a chance to revive the natural world that supports us all. A decade may sound like a long time. But it is these next ten years that scientists say will count most in the fight to avert climate change and the loss of millions of species. The 10 key strategic actions devised by the United Nations which will help restore ecosystem include: 1) Empowering a global movement, 2) financing restoration on the ground, 3) setting the right incentives, 4) celebrating leadership that takes the lead in restoration, 5) shifting behaviours towards ecosystems, 6) investing in research in resilience and sustainability of ecosystems, 7) building capacity of diverse stakeholders in ecosystem, 8) Celebrating a culture of restoration of ecosystems through art, music and other cultural entities, 9) building up the next generation giving importance to youth, and 10) Listening and learning processes.

Through the strategic actions we need to restore ecosystem from forests and farmlands to freshwater, oceans and coasts, mountain, grasslands, shrublands, peatlands and urban lands with a view that the vitality and diversity of Earth’s ecosystems are the basis of human prosperity and well-being. Unfortunately, we are degrading these precious resources in alarming ways. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is an opportunity to help turn the tide and give people and nature a sustainable future.

The world needs to realize that there has never been a more urgent need to restore damaged ecosystems than now. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part.

To get everyone play a role, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. The UNEP has dedicated the World Environment Day 2021 to launch the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. This is a great opportunity that at the launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, Pakistan has been selected as the global host for the World Environment Day (WED) 2021 to be observed on 5th of June 2021.

The Government of Pakistan with the support of the UNEP and the stakeholders is implementing various events for raising awareness, building technical capacity, sharing knowledge and good practices, and forging partnerships for ecosystem restoration to launch the UN Decade. To achieve the objective of successful implementation of the WED 2021, the following events have been planned:

1. High level political and stakeholder engagement and visibility
2. Technical materials including the good practices of the ecosystem restoration in Pakistan
3. Training package incorporating global good practices on ecosystem restoration
4. Engagement of civil society
5. Reaching out the provinces in Pakistan for wider stakeholder engagement.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) as one of the key partners of UNEP, the Government of Pakistan and other agencies in undertaking some of the activities planned to successful observance of the WED and launch of The Decade.