Sloviansk, Ukraine

Sloviansk, Ukraine
Sloviansk, Ukraine A city in the Donetsk Oblast, Sloviansk was founded in 1676 and built its economy on salt production. Today, the community is a producer of machinery and chemical equipment. Heavily affected by the Siege of Sloviansk the community is looking to rebound and strengthen relationships with the U.S.

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Tamar Regional Council, Israel

  • Tamar Region, Israel
Tamar Regional Council, Israel The Tamar Regional Council is located between the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert in South Israel. With a great emphasis on nature and culture, Tamar proudly hosts an annual marathon race, an annual outdoor opera, and a national music festival. With nearly 1,500 residents, the Tamar Regional Council is looking to develop a sister city relationship focused on tourism, education, and community development.

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Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos
Vientiane, Laos Located on the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital and largest city of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Vientiane serves as the economic force for the country with rapidly growing economic sector since the opening of the country’s stock exchange in 2011. The capital city is home to more than 780,000 residents and is interested in developing its first U.S. sister city partnership.

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Kavajë, Albania

Kavaje, Albania
Kavajë, Albania Kavajë is located on the western bank of the Adriatic Sea in the country’s Western Lowlands. Provided the regional climate, Kavajë cultivates a strong agricultural industry with thousands of acres of fruit and vegetable produce. Home to more than 75,000 residents, the community fosters a strong healthcare and education system. With a rich culture, the Kavajë is looking to establish its first sister city relationship with a community in the U.S.

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay With more than 1.3 million residents, Montevideo is the largest city in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. The community hosts a “thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture” and has consistently been rated to have the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America. With a rich culture and history, Montevideo is looking to engage cultural, educational, and economic exchanges with a new sister city in the U.S.

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Ourense, Spain

Ourense, Spain Galicia’s third-largest city has a spruced-up labyrinth of a historic quarter and a lively tapas scene. One of the main tourist attractions is Ourense thermal baths, as Ourense holds one of the greatest amount of geothermal water in Europe. The economy in the city of Ourense is marked by a predominance of service sector, the city has the largest shopping and leisure in the province, and administrative services as well as construction. The city is home to the University of Vigo and the Ourense Hospital Complex which are a vital role in the community.

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Taza, Morocco

Taza, Morocco Located in Northern Morocco, Taza serves as the corridor between the Rif Mountains and the Middle Atlas Mountains. It is home to more than 144,000 residents and is the capital of the Taza province. A vastly historical center for Morocco, Taza is experiencing a resonance into the modern era and is considered the urban center for the region.

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Sister Cities International 50th Anniversary Conference

The 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C. celebrated the past while looking to the future of the citizen diplomacy movement. It was held in conjunction with the National Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, as well as an International Youth Summit on Global Citizenship for students to develop leadership skills, advocate for citizen diplomacy issues, and make lifelong friendships.

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The Global Envoy Program: Partners Spreading the Sister City Mission

The Global Envoy Program started in 2001 as a way to increase Sister Cities International’s presence at global events. The envoys represent Sister Cities International at conferences, embassies, meetings, and other important events to spread the mission of the organization. See our Global Envoys here.

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Sister Cities International 40th Anniversary Photo Contest

Sister Cities International held a photo contest in 1996 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sister city movement. These images celebrated the beauty and power of sister city friendships and programs. Today, youth can submit their photos to Sister Cities International’s Young Artists and Authors Showcase to express their passion for citizen diplomacy.

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