The "Third Thursday Global Issues Forum" are a presentation and discussion that aims to promote understanding and foster dialogue about emerging global challenges. Forums occur on the Third Thursday of every month from 7pm to 8:45 unless otherwise noted. Over 120 Forums have been held in the Twin Cities since the first one was presented in January 2000.

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Citizens For Global Solutions - Minnesota
2018 Annual Meeting And Dinner


                                                            JIM NELSON

                                                          JIM NELSON

6:30 DINNER 

Plymouth Congregational Church, Jackman Room
1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis
Abundant free parking in adjacent lot

Cost:  $30 per person; $15 for students and those with limited income.

Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota is receiving a $9,500 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to collect information about Minnesotans who have contributed to the goals of the UN and tried to make that institution more effective during its 75-year history. Our organization is invited to submit another grant request in 2019 outlining how our collected material could be used in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020. JIM NELSON will be leading this project. At the Annual Meeting he will share anecdotes from his five decades of involvement as a volunteer in the work of the UN.  This is also a “listening session” for those present to offer suggestions for what will be included in our “Minnesota United Nations History” project. We hope our past sustained efforts may inspire future generations.

JIM NELSON is a lifelong Minneapolis resident. He earned a degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in International Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He worked in Project Management and Administration over 40 years in three Twin City industrial Aerospace companies: Sperry Univac, Control Data and Honeywell.  In parallel to his corporate career Jim enjoyed working in small scale farms and gardens. In this avocation his interests focused on native plants and insect pollinators. Jim is proud of his community involvement, especially in environmental affairs.

He attended the first UN conference on the environment in 1972. He was recognized with the Honeywell Corporate Community Service Award in 1996 for community education about the UN. The UN Association of MN honored Jim with the Harold Stassen Award in 2016 for 50 years of service. The Johansen Foundation (Denmark) presented a lifetime achievement award for Global Sustainability in 2017.

Reservations (and dietary needs) need to be submitted no later than Monday, June 18th in the afternoon.

Reservations may be paid for at the event if they are submitted by June 18th (afternoon) to Dennis Dillon,, (612)333-0723 or Nancy Dunlavy,, (651)785-4243.