Chicago and Sister City Hamburg Band Together to Support Refugees

Blog contributed by Rolf Achilles and Johann Christoph Lichtenfeld, Co-Chairs of the Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. As we have seen over recent months, the refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headlines and led news reports around the world. Last year alone, well over one million refugees fled to Europe seeking safe haven and a new start to their lives. The pace of arrivals has only increased as 2016 has begun. These numbers are staggering — it is the largest human migration since ...

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Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor Q&A

Q&A with Rhoda Toback, Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor, Columbia, Maryland. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.The following post features a Q&A with Rhoda Toback of Columbia, MD, who served as a mentor in the Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition during fall 2015. The competition was conducted in partnership between Sister Cities International (SCI) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in order to connect U.S. science mentors with high school student teams across the globe to propose sustainable water solutions for the students’ ...

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Cities, the Key to a Green Future

Why Trees?
Blog contributed by Yoav Magid, Earth Day Director, Earth Day Network. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized 20 million people and sparked the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Earth Day engages more than a billion people worldwide, with events in every country and for every level of society!As more than half of the world’s population now ...

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#KidsNeedKiwanis: Key Clubber wins Sister Cities scholarship to expand her service impact

Shannon Louie
Blog originally posted on Kiwanis International Dateline. Click here to view the blog on Medium.Shannon Louie believes every act of kindness is an expression of world peace. “As long as I make an effort to impact others, I have succeeded in making an imprint on world peace,” she said.Louie’s experience earned her a US$700 scholarship from an association within Sister Cities International, a Kiwanis International community partner that advances better alliances to drive global change, improve the lives of children and help communities to thrive around the ...

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‘Imagining Tomorrow: H2O’ Challenge Announces Winning Teams

Teams of students from the U.S. and Ghana propose high-scoring solutions to water issues in their communities, with help from expert mentors. NEW YORK, March 2, 2016— The Imagining Tomorrow: H20 challenge, an initiative of the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences and partners Sisters Cities International and Sqore, announced two winning student teams, one from the U.S. and one from Ghana. The challenge was developed to encourage students ages 13-17 from around the world to create innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-focused ...

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Houston-Karachi Sister City Association Sponsors New Water Pump in Response to Devastating Heat Wave

Inauguration of the HKSCA Water Project
Blog contributed by Muhammad Sheikh, President, Houston-Karachi Sister City Association. Click here to view the original post on medium. On January 15, 2016, a new water pump and filtration plant was installed in Karachi, Pakistan. The installation of this water pump and filtration plant was brought to be after a devastating heat wave in June 2015 that took the lives of over 2,000 people in Karachi and affected countless others. The plant, which is sponsored by the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA), has a capacity of 2,000 liters per day, providing ...

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All Cities Lead to Paris — Networked Cities and the Collective Road to Climate Progress

Blog by Anastasia Dellaccio, Director of Marketing and Communications, Sister Cities International. Click here to view original post on Medium. In 2015, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, and in 2050 that number will rise to 70 percent. The effects of urbanization are felt all over the globe even though cities cover just around two percent of it. Cities are responsible for the consumption of over 75 percent of the world’s energy and produce a majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cities, although a major culprit of many of these ...

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Global Economic Impact of Sister Cities International Released in New Study Totals Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

WASHINGTON, DC (October 7, 2015) – Today, Sister Cities International (SCI) released Measures That Matter℠, a study conducted in collaboration with valueideas, a management consulting firm, presenting the major economic benefits of sister city relationships in the U.S. and their impact on the global economy from 2014.For 60 years, SCI has formed thousands of strong, mutually beneficial sister city partnerships, with thousands of peopleto-people and municipal exchanges taking place each year. Highlights from the report show that in 2014 alone, 14,153 visitors came to ...

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U.S.-Cuba Sister City Alliances, Years of Subnational Diplomacy

Blog contributed by Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. Click here to view post on Medium. Sister Cities International recently partnered with The George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and the U.S. Department of State to produce a part of a symposium called Building Bridges: Strengthening Educational and Citizen Exchange Linkages between the United States and Cuba. This event explored how this shift in policy will promote more educational and cultural exchanges between Cuba and the U.S.After ...

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A Citizens’ Coalition for Middle East Peace: U.S.-Jordan Valley Sister City Partnerships

When leadership in the Middle East fails to move forward with political process, people-to-people efforts become a vital means for nurturing cross-border cooperation, yielding mutual benefits, and preparing the groundwork for sustainable regional stability in the future.EcoPeace Middle East (formerly EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East) – a Palestinian/Israeli/Jordanian NGO dedicated to environmental peace-building with a specific focus on transboundary water issues – has recently partnered with Sister Cities International (SCI) and Citizen Diplomacy Initiati...

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