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Baltimore and Rotterdam Are Working Towards “Sustainable Cities” Together

In 1985, Baltimore, Maryland, and Rotterdam, Netherlands established a sister city relationship on some common ground: Baltimore lost a great deal of their infrastructure in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, and Rotterdam’s city center was destroyed during World War II. These disasters forced them to rebuild their communities from the ground up in the 20th century. Additionally, both cities are geographically and demographically similar, have a deeply rooted maritime history, and are home to a lot of innovators and cultural strongholds. Baltimore and Rotterdam also face many of the same municipal issues—especially when it comes to generating smart ...

Korean War vet travels to Hampton sister city in South Korea

Story contributed by Kate Mishkin of the Daily Press   "The first time Marvin Swain was offered a trip to South Korea, he opted out. The Korean War veteran couldn’t handle any more painful memories from his time in the Navy. But when the Korean-American Friendship Association asked again this year, Swain decided it was time for a second chance. This week, Swain will be honored for his time in the Navy in South Korea with a certificate of honorary citizenship of Anyang, which is a sister city to Hampton. The city of Anyang and the Korean-American Friendship Association of Anyang are paying for the trip. Swain and his wife Mary ...

Kusakabe Taro: the Samurai Connecting New Brunswick and Fukui

 From October 4th through the 7th New Brunswick, New Jersey hosted a delegation from Fukui, Japan to celebrate 35 years of friendship. The two cities formed their sister city relationship in 1982, committing to exchanging ideas and culture in order to promote peace and grow together. Their partnership has led to the growth of student exchange programs, cultural ambassador programs, and more. The Fukui delegation consisted of over 40 people including the Vice Mayor and members of the City Council; members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; and members of the Fukui International Citizens AssociationNew Brunswick planned for a very full and entert...

Urbana and Zomba: Improving Quality of Life in Urban Southeast Africa

Contributed by: Councilman Dennis Roberts of Urbana, Illinois Several years after receiving a grant to address urban poverty through water, health, and sanitation projects, Urbana, Illinois continues to help its sister city Zomba, Malawi reach its full potential through projects that improve the lives of Zomba citizens. The relationship between Urbana and Zomba began in 2008. Two years later, Urbana was awarded an African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP) grant to address local health problems in sister city Zomba as well as promote peace and prosperity through people-to-people collaboration. This two-year grant allowed Urbana and Zomba to ...

Welcoming the Mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia to the City of Baltimore

  Contributed by  Mr. Wesley Chenoweth, General Secretary of the Maryland Liberia Sister States Program The mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia, Viola Cooper, and a delegation of dignitaries traveled to their sister city, Baltimore, MD last month. The sister cities partnership between Gbarnga City and Baltimore dates back to 1973, making it Baltimore’s oldest sister cities relationship. The delegation met with Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, and discussed Liberia’s rich and progressive history of female elected officials. Liberia is home to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president. Mayor Viola Cooper and her ...

Seattle Commemorates Fifty Years of Friendship with Bergen with Gift of Northwest Coastal Tribal Art

Contributed by Lori Ann Reinhall, President, Seattle-Bergen Sister City AssociationOn Thursday, September 7, 2017, a Seattle delegation of eight from the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association visited local representatives at Bergen City Hall to present Mayor Marte Mjøs-Persen and the people of Bergen, Norway, with a gift to commemorate fifty years of friendship between the two sister cities.The following is a translation of president Lori Ann Reinhall’s speech, given in Norwegian, that accompanied the presentation of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association’s gift to the City of Bergen:“Honorable Mayor Mjøs-Persen, distinguished members of ...

A Message from Sister Cities International following Hurricane Harvey

Sister Cities International is deeply saddened by the disaster and tragedy taking place in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. We send our condolences for those who have been affected by the terrible flooding and destruction. We will continue to raise funds via our Network for Good campaign in order to help provide disaster in these areas so that they may begin to recover and restore their communities. Do not forget that the important role of people-to-people and community-to-community diplomacy can play a part in our own communities as well as those abroad. If you can extend a hand to our sister city members in the affected areas, ...

Leipzig Helps Sister City Houston with Charity Concert

After the winds and torrents of Hurricane Harvey blew through southeastern Texas and beyond, residents of multiple cities have been left with the formidable task of rescuing and rebuilding their communities. Thankfully, countless organizations are making efforts to help these cities in any way they can, from food donations to emergency health kits—even from over 5,300 miles away. Houston’s sister city partners in Leipzig, Germany extended a helping hand by hosting a charity concert where all proceeds went to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Leipzig, Germany and Houston have been sister cities for 25 years. It all began when the ...

A Message from Sister Cities International following Hurricane Harvey and in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Sister Cities International is deeply saddened by the disaster and tragedy taking place in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. We send our condolences for those who have been affected by the terrible flooding and destruction.We will continue to raise funds via our Network for Good campaign in order to help provide disaster in these areas so that they may begin to recover and restore their communities.Additionally, we are aware of the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. To our friends and family in its path, our hearts are with you as you prepare for this storm. Please take every precaution to stay safe. Do not forget that the important ...

Where Citizen Diplomacy Means the Most: Technology, Council Bluffs, Herat, & Karadah

Contributed by Rick Burns, Founder & President of the Karadah Project and member of the Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association As one who has played a small part in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a soldier, I have often thought of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his monumental task as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II — an assignment with enormous physical and mental stress. He knew all too well the consequences of most of his decisions; the best that could be hoped for was to reduce the number of casualties. War is a horrible task master. In a moment of reflection, he said: “I hate war as only a soldier who ...