Action Council on Sustainability & Global Emergencies


The pandemic is an unprecedented wake-up call that has exposed the fragility of our interconnected world. The deep interdependence of our systems can rapidly turn a local crisis into a global emergency, severely affecting economies, societies, and the environment. A sustainable development is put under high pressure during emergencies, potentially slowing down the path to peace and prosperity for people and the planet. An efficient and globally shared set of policies, aimed at tackling global emergencies timely and proactively, is therefore fundamental for Governments and businesses around the world to protect people, economies, jobs, cities and all crucial assets from potential disaster.

The commitment of the B20 Italy is to convey recommendations and policy actions through which Governments can empower the business community to mitigate and reduce the risks and consequences associated with major global emergencies, while strengthening the adherence to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to help reshape the future in a global partnership.


Claudio Descalzi

CEO of Eni since May 2014. He has spent his whole career in Eni, joining the company in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineer. In 1990 he was appointed Head of Reservoir and operating activities for Italy, then Managing Director of Eni subsidiary in Congo, and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eni subsidiary in Nigeria. He held the position of Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East, China, and EVP for Italy, Africa, Middle East. In 2005 appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Eni Exploration & Production Division, he was Chief Operating Officer of Eni E&P Division from 2008-2014. In 2012 he was the first European in the field of Oil&Gas to receive “Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal 2012” award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers. He is visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. From December 2015 he is member of the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Member of the General Council and of the Advisory Board of Confindustria, Member of the National Petroleum Council and Director of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.

Deputy Chair

Lapo Pistelli

Director of Public Affairs, at Eni S.p.A.. that he joined in 2015. Previously he was member of the Italian and European Parliament from 1996 to 2015. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Government of Letta and Renzi (2013-2015). In his early career, he worked at a research center, while serving for two mandates in the local administration of Florence. He graduated in International Law at the University of Florence and taught at Stanford University, University of Geneva and University of Florence.

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