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Minnesota responds to climate change: a report from COP24

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
6-7:30 pm

Hennepin County Library – Mpls Central
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Cost: FREE

In October, the United Nations (UN) released a report from the world’s leading climate scientists indicating that negative climate impacts are less than a decade away.  In November, Minnesotans elected many candidates to public office who listed climate action as one of their top priorities. And this December, diplomats from nearly 200 countries from around the world convened in Poland to discuss accelerating their climate commitments. Minnesota and the world now face a critical moment of opportunity to achieve deep, economy-wide carbon reductions through policy innovation.

Fresh Energy is partnering with Global Minnesota for a discussion featuring our Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton, on developments from the most recent global climate summit and to share ideas about productive next steps in Minnesota. The program will also include a panel discussion with other experts who attended the UN climate change conference.


Web-based Book club

"Transforming the United Nations System:
Designs for a Workable World"

In October, the United Nations (UN) released a report from the world’s leading climate scientists indicating that negative climate impacts are less than a decade away.  In November, Minnesotans elected many candidates to public office who listed climate action as one of their top priorities. And this December, diplomats from nearly 200 countries from around the world convened in Poland to discuss accelerating their climate commitments. Minnesota and the world now face a critical moment of opportunity to achieve deep, economy-wide carbon reductions through policy innovation.

Fresh Energy is partnering with Global Minnesota for a discussion featuring our science policy director J. Drake Hamilton, on developments from the most recent global climate summit and to share ideas about productive next steps in Minnesota. The program will also include a panel discussion with other experts who attended the UN climate change conference.

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central and Global Minnesota.

Web-based Book club

"Transforming the United Nations System:
Designs for a Workable World"

One Chapter a month - see dates below

Join us in discussing the last 4 chapters of the book, "Transforming the United Nations System:
Designs for a Workable World"
by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg, distinguished international professor emeritus, University of Minnesota,

You are not required to have read previous chapters in order to join the discussion. You can view previous book club sessions here.

Each live session lasts for 90 minutes, beginning at noon ET, 11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT.

To join, contact Nancy Dunlavy who will provide the call-in information.

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Sessions:

Session #9: Towards a Sustainable Planet and an Expanded Common Heritage (chapter 13)
Saturday, February 9, 2019
moderated by J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy
Study and Discussion Guide, Unit 13

Session #10: A Strengthened Judicial System (chapter 7, including the International Criminal Court)
Saturday, March 9, 2019
moderated by TBD
Study and Discussion Guide, Unit 7

Session #11 (final): Getting There (chapter 15)
this session will include updates from various active UN reform campaigns, such as UN2020 and Together First
Saturday, April 13, 2019
moderated by TBD
Study and Discussion Guide, Unit 15

Sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions and the Workable World Trust


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Minnesota United Nations History Project

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How have Minnesotans contributed to the United Nations in the past 75 years?

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The Minnesota Historical Society has awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage grant to the Citizens for Global Solutions - Minnesota for The Minnesota United Nations History Project. This project aims to create a digitized Minnesota United Nations (UN) History Resource File.

As part of this project, CGS will be collecting and, documenting the work, events, and activities of Minnesotans that have helped fulfill the goals of the UN in addressing contemporary problems.

Do you or someone you know have a story to share? If you know individuals that we should speak to about the history of the UN in Minnesota, please send us an email at cfgsmn@gmail.com.


featured resource

Peacemakers of Minnesota video series

The Peacemakers of Minnesota Video Series is a collection of interviews of key individuals who have been part of the peace and justice movement in Minnesota for decades.  The project was conceived and interviews were conducted by Ehtasham Anwar (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.  Videos were recorded by Suhail Ahmed (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center. The project was supervised by Dick Bernard, president (2005-07) of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and then-vice-president of Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota.  


FROM THE BLOG

 

October 2018

Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World
by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and long-time CGS-MN Board Member

Book and accompanying Study Guide now available in SEVEN LANGUAGES! Ordering info here.