Featured Events

Perspectives on the Refugee Crisis and Stateless People Today


Wednesday, October 24
7:00-9:00 pm

Hamline University           
Anderson Center     
774 Snelling Avenue North        
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Cost: FREE

Free underground parking with validated tickets

The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War with some twenty-two million people displaced. To exacerbate an already dire situation, the Trump Administration intends to reduce U.S. Refugee admissions to less than 45,000 annually. This symposium, to be held on United Nations Day, will discuss the current refugee crisis in light of these policy changes specifically looking at the U.S. response to statelessness and the challenges of refugee admission.


  • M. Jay Shahidi, President, UN Association-MN; Board, American Refugee Committee

  • Tom Hanson, US Diplomat and Diplomat-In-Residence, University of MN, Duluth

  • Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director, World Without Genocide

  • Richard Hahnen, Teacher, Lobbyist, Documentary Maker and UN Adviser


This event is organized by the United Nations Association Minnesota Chapter

Sponsored by Hamline’s Model UN program and Department of Global Studies

Cosponsors: American Refugee Committee, Amnesty International, Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota, Global Engagement Center of Hamline University, Global Minnesota, World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Workable World Trust


Minnesota United Nations History Project

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


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.  



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.