Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein Presents Citizen Diplomacy Award to Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association

Citizen Diplomacy Award 2018
1/24/2018 WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2018) – Sister Cities International congratulates one of its members, the Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association, on receiving the Bureau of Public Affair’s annual Citizen Diplomacy award. Steve Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will present the award at a ceremony to be held at 4pm on Monday, January 29, 2018, at the U.S. Department of State. The Citizen Diplomacy Award was created in recognition of American citizens and organizations engaged in international work that furthers U.S. foreign ...

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Legislators Bring the World to Annapolis

Legislators and officials in Annapolis welcomed delegations from Maryland’s 20 sister state relationships late last month to showcase their programs’ achievements over the past year at the annual Sister States Legislative Reception. The event also fosters greater cultural awareness in the Maryland community through special food, drinks, and items characteristic of each of Maryland’s sister states (in 17 countries total) set up at tables in an exhibit hall. This year’s reception, which was held January 30, also featured cultural performances by Chinese Taiji ...

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Denison and Cognac

Denison, Texas and Cognac, France are celebrating their 25th Anniversary as Sister Cities on the weekend of October 13-14, 2017.  The Mayor of Cognac, France, Mr. Michel Gourinchas, and a French delegation, will be in Denison as our honored guests for this most special event.  This particular weekend marks the birthdate of American President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, Texas.  His granddaughter, Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower, will also be in Denison that weekend to dedicate a commemorative plaza surrounding the President Eisenhower statue.  Ms. Eisenhower ...

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Best Moments from the Sister Cities International 61st Annual Conference

This year’s conference was one for the books. From the beautiful setting of Virginia Beach to our compelling keynote speakers, everyone had a wonderful time connecting with the SCI network on the shared topic of citizen diplomacy and strengthening local programs. Read below for the best moments from the conference, and be on the lookout to register for next year’s conference in Aurora, Colorado. Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags The first day of the conference began with an annual tradition: the Sister Cities International Parade of Flags. Led by mounted patrol, ...

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Oceans, Food Safety, and Fun! 2017 Youth Leadership Summit Recap

In concurrence with our Annual Conference, Sister Cities International holds a Youth Leadership Summit each year where students from all over the U.S. and the globe gather to learn about citizen diplomacy and garner leadership skills for a future in international relations. This year’s Summit was extra fun for our students as they enjoyed the sites of Virginia Beach and worked together to solve international issues. Read below for our day by day recap of the Summit. Day One, July 12th: Futures in Citizen Diplomacy On Wednesday July 12th, nearly 90 students arrived in ...

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Musical Sisters: Seattle and Bergen celebrate 50 years of friendship and the birthday of Norway’s most beloved composer with jubilee gala concert

by Lori Ann Reinhall, President, Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association“Wonderful!”, “Fantastic!”, “Amazing!”, Extraordinary!”, “Thrilling!” — these were the words heard over and over again as visitors left the sanctuary of Seattle’s Ballard First Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 18, after listening to a “almost all-Grieg” program in celebration of the Bergen composer’s 174th birthday three days earlier.It was the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association’s fourth annual Edvard Grieg Gala, this year billed as a “Jubilee Extravaganza” to ...

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