Who participates in the B20?
The B20 is composed by high level executives from global companies, international
organizations and globally recognized experts and scholars.
Heads of State of the G20 countries are also invited to the B20 Summit, in order
to generate the occasion to communicate and discuss the recommendations elaborated
by the B20 Task Forces.
¿How were the topics of the Task Forces defined?
The seven thematic areas on which the B20 Task Force focused their work were chosen
for their relevance for the G20 discussions, in consideration of their importance
in the current global context, and taking into account whether business actions
can achieve a significant impact in them. The working groups took as a starting
point the recommendations made at the previous B20 Summit (held in Cannes on November
Finally, an eight, non-thematic Task Force (Advocacy and Impact) was created for
the first time. Its work centers on following up upon the recommendations defined
by other Task Forces between B20 Summits and monitoring the progress made by the
G20 countries in implementing them.
How were the Task Forces formed?
Invitations to take part in the Task Forces work were extended to CEOs and Chairmen
of multinational companies whose expertise was deemed most meaningful for the elaboration
of recommendations in each topic. Their capability to have significant influence
in the ensuing implementation of the recommendations was also considered. In addition,
worldwide recognized experts on each topic were also offered membership in the Task
Furthermore, thought was given to try to ensure representation to all G20 countries
and to the different sectors of the economy.
What is a Sherpa and what is his/her function?
In the context of international Summits, a Sherpa is the person who most directly
assists a participant to the Summit on all matters related to it. In particular,
Sherpas support participants in the preparation of all discussions between them,
in order to insure that those are as fluid and productive as possible. Also, they
help in following up upon joint projects defined by the leaders after the event.
The origin of the word Sherpa comes from a small town located in Nepal: Sherpas
traditionally devoted their lives to serve as guides and suppliers for the ones
who ventured toward the top of Himalaya Mountains.