20 Oct 2017 - 00:00

St. Louis, MO

     On October 20-22, 2017 the national CGS convention will be held at the Hampton Inn just south of I-70 across from the St. Louis Airport. It begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday and continues until 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday morning, October 21, will be the meeting of the CGS Boards of Directors open to all, so come and learn more about what the national organization is doing and planning. Saturday afternoon and evening, will be devoted to the convention theme of how CGS can help publicize and develop support for the recommendations of the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari, former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
David Lionel will show and discuss the video clips he has produced to explain the Commission’s recommendations on how to deal with three current global challenges: (1) intrastate conflicts & the resultant masses of refugees, (2) the causes and impact of climate change, and (3 )the growing economic inequality in the global community. Then Dr. Richard Ponzio, Director of the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program, will engage in a dialog focused on questions concerning “Just Security 2020: Citizen Action for an Effective and Inclusive UN.”
At 5:30 Saturday we will have a Thanksgiving-type banquet served by Diner’s Delight similar to what we have at our chapter annual meetings. At 8:00 p.m. Tad Daley, also from Washington DC, will speak on “STAR TREK & the United Federation of Planets: Mere Science Fiction or Future Reality?”
On Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 we will view MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD, a great new film about the life of Garry Davis. After World War II he became internationally known for renouncing his U.S. Citizenship and proclaiming himself to be a citizen of the world at the 1948 meeting of the UN General Assembly in Paris. Afterward he established the World Service Authority (WSA) to provide critical documents such as passports and birth & marriage certificates to refugees and others who couldn’t get them from their own national governments. WSA is still doing that even though Garry himself died a couple of years ago.
If you would like to just stay at the Hampton Inn, 10820 Pear Tree Lane, 63074 for the CGS national convention starting at 4:00 p.m. Friday and ending at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, you can make a reservation by calling 314-429-2000. Don’t let them transfer you to “reservations.” Explain that you are with the Citizens for Global Solutions, confirmation number 82864036. The cost of a room for Friday and Saturday nights is $252.03 tax included. The hot breakfast is free as is parking and Wi-Fi and coffee 24 hours a day. You would have a good chance to get acquainted with CGS members from all over the country and to enjoy an inspiring experience..

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