Annual Conference

Sister Cities International is excited to host its 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA July 14-15!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 

1900 Pavilion Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

This year’s theme is “Global Communities for World Peace.” Attendees will learn about the latest and greatest in global partnering while connecting with elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, diplomats, and business leaders from all over the world. Above all, the conference will honor President Eisenhower’s original vision of fostering world peace through global people-to-people relationships.

Concurrent with the conference, we will have our 2017 Youth Leadership Summit (July 12-16) which engages the next generation of leaders and introduces them to the world of international affairs while building problem-solving and leadership skills. We will also be hosting our US-Russia Mayors' Summit (July 12-13) which will bring together creative, dynamic and influential Americans and Russians to discuss innovative ways to foster interaction on a municipal level and to collaborate on the future of their 77 sister city relationships. 

NOTE: Online registration for the conference closes July 9th, 2017. We highly recommend that you register by this date. If you register on-site in Virginia Beach, you will be charged an additional $200 fee.

Online Registration for the Conference is closed

Registration for the Youth Leadership Summit is closed

Online Registration fro the US Russia Summit is closed

View Conference Fees

Learn more about the Youth Leadership Summit

Learn more about the US-Russia Mayors' Summit

View the Conference Agenda

Book your Hotel

See the 2017 Annual Awards Winners



July 13th: Pre-Conference SCI Leadership Meetings

July 14th: Conference Sessions

July 15th: Conference Sessions

July 15th: Lou Wozar Diplomatic Awards Dinner

Conference Digital Toolkit

Help us spread the word about the conference. Download our digital toolkit and conference graphics to share with your social media networks.

2017 Annual Conference Digital Toolkit [PDF]

To download high-resolution graphics, click on the links below.

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Volunteer with Us

If you or someone you know is interested in earning some volunteer hours, we need local community members to assist with various conference activities. Learn more and sign up for a time slot on our Sign-Up Genius Page.


A block of rooms is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at a special disounted rate of $229/night. Please call reservations toll free at 855-275-4790 or the reservations local phone at 757-422-8900 and mention "2017 Sister Cities International Conference" to reserve you room or book online HERE. The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT. 

Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Book your room early!

So you may better budget your hotel stay, current state and local taxes are currently 14%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay. 

Thank you to our Honorary Host Committee!

Stay tuned for a full list of our 2017 Annual Conference Honorary Host Committee.

Donate Your Community's Flag for the Opening Ceremony Parade of Flags

Include your community's flag alongside 150 others during the Parade of Flags at the 60th Annual Conference Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 14.

Each member community or organization is encouraged to donate a community/city/county or sister city organization flag for the Parade. Note: If you donated a flag for the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Conferences, it will be used again this year. New flag donations are considered to be a one time member gift to Sister Cities International and will be retained for use during future Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies. 

Please ship flags to:

     Sister Cities International

     915 15th Street NW, 4th Floor

     Washington, DC 20005

Flags should be 3 ft. x 5 ft. (92 cm x 152 cm) with sheath diameter greater than 2 1/4 inches (57 mm) and no larger than 3 inches (76 mm). Sister Cities International will provide standard size flag poles.

Please notify when your flag is en route. 

International conference attendees are invited to provide a city flag as well, however it is emphasized that this is a parade of community/city flags and NOT a parade of country flags/national colors. Country flags/national colors will NOT be accepted as a substitute for a community or city flag.

All flags must be received by Friday, June 30, 2017. If we have not received your flag by this date, we cannot guarantee the flag will be in this year’s parade. 


Click here to see the top 10 moments from the 60th Anniversary Celebration, click here to see a recap of the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit, and click here to view official photos from the Celebration. 


Email  or call 202-347-8630

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