Annual Conference

Connect with Community leaders, citizen diplomats and like-minded volunteers in the name of peace through people.

Whether you’re new to sister cities or are a seasoned participant, learn how cities are taking center stage on global  issues this August at Sister Cities International’s 2018 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit in Aurora, Colorado.

Conference Theme: Cities Leading the Way

August 2 – 4, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center


This year’s conference, Cities Leading the Way, will showcase how, in an era of unrest, cities across the globe are leading efforts to create smarter, healthier, more inclusive, and more innovative communities. Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships via community-to-community projects and initiatives.

The conference consists of three full days of seminars and workshops on smart cities, sister city best practices, member networking, and more. The conference will also feature an exhibit hall; a city of Aurora Mayor’s Welcome Reception; an Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags featuring city flags from over 160 partner cities around the world; the Lou Wozar Annual Awards Dinner to recognize this year’s annual awards winners; a VIP reception, and a number of enriching pre and post-conference tours to explore the Aurora/Denver area.

Additional Information

2014 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony Students displaying city flags at the 2014 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony in San Jose, California.
  • Registration Fees
    Register by May 31, 2018 to receive $100 off of your registration fees.

    To see the full range of attendance options, please visit our registration website.

    Conference Registration (Thursday – Saturday)

    Member: $650

    Non-Member: $750

    Young Professional: $425

  • Conference Agenda
    Check back here for an updated agenda for the 2018 Annual Conference.
  • Youth Leadership Summit
    Do you know a future citizen diplomat? Learn more and register a student for our highly popular Youth Leadership Summit here.
  • Donate a Flag

    Include your community’s flag alongside 150 others during the Parade of Flags at the 2018 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 3rd.

    Learn more about flag specifications and shipping here.

  • Annual Awards
    The Annual Awards Program highlights sister city program achievements and brings international recognition to each community’s contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement.

    Learn more about our Annual Awards and download an application form here.

  • 2017 Highlights
    Interested in previous conferences? Check out our recap of the 2017 Annual Conference, Global Communities for World Peace, in Virginia Beach.

    Read the recap.


Aurora Sister Cities International has facilitated interesting and unique pre and post conference tours for conference attendees. Click on the photos to learn more and register.

Please note that the VIP Economic Development Tour is for conference sponsors and Global Leaders Circle Members only.

Denver History & Heritage Tour

  • Denver Skyline
  • Larimer Square
  • Denart Museum
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$77 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Visit Denver’s major cultural attractions and landmarks during this scenic motor coach tour like the Historic Larimer Square, Union Station, the Financial District. Pay a visit to the Historic Five Points neighborhood and explore the history and culture of the African Americans who helps settle Colorado and the American West. This trip includes a guided tour of the Colorado State Capital Building.

Download the itinerary here.

VIP Economic Development Tour

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This complimentary tour for sponsors and Global Leaders Circle Members will take attendees to some of Aurora’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods, the Anschutz Medical Campus at University of Colorado, as well as the three largest economic development projects to impact Aurora in the last 25 years. Capacity is limited to 20 people and is available on a first come, first serve basis.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Big Mountains Tour

  • Rocky Mountain State Park
  • Rock Mountains with Trees in Foreground
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$110 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Travel to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the Alpine Visitor Center, tour the mountain town of Estes Park, pass by the Stanley Hotel (the inspiration for the hotel in The Shining!), and drive through Colorado’s Front Range.

Download the itinerary here.

Little Mountains Tour

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$81 per person. Maximum 53 people per tour. Head out from Denver to the western foothills and enjoy a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to Lookout Mountain to see Buffalo Bill’s grave site. Finally, visit Golden, Colorado (the “almost Capital” of Colorado) for a lovely sit-down lunch.

Download the itinerary here.

Exhibition and Sponsorship

Demonstrate your products and services in front of citizen diplomats and elected officials from all over the world. Our delegates are looking for new ways to partner with cities, private companies, and institutions as they look to strengthen their programs and cities while promoting peace through people.

Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms with attendee at 2017 Annual Conference


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