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Sister Cities International Welcomes New Board of Directors, Chairman, and Vice Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2016) – Following a membership-wide election spanning the entire 560 U.S.-member city Sister Cities International network, 10 members were elected to Sister Cities International’s highly competitive 27-member Board of Directors. A new Board Chairman and Vice Chairman also assumed their positions. The elections took place during Sister Cities International’s Annual Business Meeting that occurred during its 60th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on July 15, 2016. Tim Quigley of San Jose, California assumed his position as Board Chairman after serving two years as Vice Chair and Ron Nirenberg, City Council Member of San Antonio, Texas, was elected as Vice Chair by the Board of Directors.   The newly elected at-large Board of Directors...view

Congress and Dozens of Cities Mark Sister Cities International Day

WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2016) – Thousands of citizen diplomats, civic leaders, mayors, and members of Congress have banded together to declare July 15, 2016 as Sister Cities International Day. The occasion will be marked by over 600 elected and municipal officials, business leaders, engaged citizen diplomats, and over 125 high school students gathering in Washington, DC for the 60th Sister Cities Annual Conference and Anniversary Celebration. Sister Cities International Day is a call to action for Americans and citizens of the world to come together to celebrate the importance of their communities’ commitment to supporting a more peaceful and prosperous future through continued people to people exchanges and city to city partnerships. This day will provide the perfect...view

Sister Cities International Announces Winners of 2016 Annual Awards for Innovation in Arts and Culture

WASHINGTON, DC –The 2016 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Arts and Culture recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. The award was given to organizations in two sister city programs in different population categories. Norfolk Sister City Association, Inc. (NSCA) of Norfolk, Virginia won among cities with population under 500,000 and the City of San Antonio International Relations Office (CSAIRO) of San Antonio, Texas won among cities with population over 500,000. NSCA won for hosting the second annual PassPORT to Norfolk’s Sister Cities event with the theme of “An Evening Around the World.” This event raises community awareness of...view

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As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever. Sister Cities International enables citizen diplomats in communities across the world to develop relationships with communities in other countries that are based on cultural understanding and mutual cooperation.Donate