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Lakeside and Hanamaki Higashi High School Baseball Exchange

On December 7th, 2019, the first ever sister school baseball exchange took place between Lakeside High school and Hanamaki Higashi High School. A friendship game was played on December 7th between players from the Hot Springs area and Higashi. This video shows the event and the interactions between the two teams. Hanamaki is known throughout Japan for its incredibly successful baseball teams. They are consistently one of the top high school teams in Japan and two of their recent graduates are playing in the United States: Yusei Kikuchi for the Seattle Mariners and Shohei Ohtani for the Los Angeles Angels. The Sister City relationship between Hot ...

SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL APPLAUDS LIGHTING OF THE TORCH BETWEEN OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON AND OLYMPIA, GREECE

WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2020) – Sister Cities International applauds the upcoming torch lighting ceremony on March 12, 2020 in Olympia, Greece between the cities of Olympia, Washington and Olympia, Greece, which will strengthen sister city relationships in these key countries.  The efforts of two dynamic mayors – Mayor Georgios Georgiopoulos and Mayor Cheryl Selby marks an historic moment, which will only continue a tradition of recognizing the people-to-people bond and how citizen diplomats can make a difference. “At the core, Sister Cities International recognizes, celebrates, and magnifies the catalytic energy of city to city interact...

SCI Remembers its Beloved Global Envoy and Past President, Nancy Huppert

The Sister Cities International network would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Huppert, who passed away peacefully, on February 27, 2020. A true global citizen, Nancy’s dedication to promoting our core values of mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation has left an ever-lasting imprint on the Sister Cities network around the world. We are forever grateful for Nancy’s passion for citizen diplomacy. She created a greater global awareness for our Sister Cities’ mission. She will be truly missed in all corners of our global network. Raised in Schenectady, Nancy later moved to Rochester. She worked as ...

Sister Cities Urbana, Illinois and Thionville, France Celebrate Anniversary of the Liberation of Thionville

From November 15th to November 17th, 2019, delegates from Urbana, Illinois traveled to Thionville, France to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Thionville from Axis occupation during World War II. The delegates from Urbana attended public ceremonies, parades, and laid wreaths at commemorative monuments during their three day visit. There was also a signing of a new Twinning Cities charter between Urbana, Illinois and Thionville, France, which was then followed by a gala dinner at a nearby chateau. Dennis Roberts, a member of the Urbana community, states, “We returned home with renewed interactive goals and stronger bonds of ...

Sister Cities International Statement on Coronavirus

Sister Cities International (SCI) is closely monitoring the status of the current coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organization is a great resource for accurate information and updates on the coronavirus, and we encourage SCI members with sister city partnerships that may be affected to monitor the WHO website for the latest information. Our thoughts are with our friends and families around the globe who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We urge our network to contact their local communities for more information on relief efforts as the need for medical equipment and supplies, coordination funds, and training continues to ...

SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS LEROY ALLALA AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Sister Cities International, the national association of U.S. sister city programs/organizations and the premier global leader in citizen diplomacy, today announced the appointment of Mr. Leroy Allala as its new President and CEO, effective January 10th, 2020. Below you can find the press release.   

Wunderbar Together: The Impact and Potential of U.S.-German Sister City Collaboration in Climate Resilience

A common misconception is that international relations are defined only by national policy, overlooking the transformative influence of international collaboration on the city and community levels. Daily lives can be influenced just as, if not more strongly, by local policies and environments. International sister city partnerships, from joint projects to person-to-person exchange, therefore wield significant power in shaping individual perceptions of other countries. Sister city relationships can also fill key gaps in international relations by enabling local collaboration in areas of national policy divergence. This potential in especially ...

Wunderbar Together: Celebrating Columbia and Kaiserslautern’s Common Love for Creativity

The 20-year partnership between Columbia, South Carolina and Kaiserslautern, Germany is filled with flourishing art exchange and ultimately "a common love for creativity." Sister Cities International interviewed Dickson Monk, Executive Director of the Columbia World Affairs Council, on the cities' art exchange, shared historical remembrance, Wunderbar Together events, and lasting citizen diplomacy. A press release for the Columbia World Affairs Council's latest Wunderbar Together event, Heimat/Home: The 2019 Columbia–Kaiserslautern Artists Exchange, is available here. For more information on the Columbia World Affairs Council: &nbs...

Wunderbar Together: A Report on the Diverse and Thriving Cincinnati-Munich Relationship

Ute Päpke, President of the Munich Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati, submitted a report on the strength and diversity of the Munich-Cincinnati relationship, including its numerous forms of exchange, commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the recent celebration of the partnership's 30th anniversary. The report provides an overview of the partnership and summarizes key events from January to November 2019. For more information on the Munich-Cincinnati partnership:     Origin of the Munich-Cincinnati Partnership The Munich-Cincinnati partnership was officially founded in 1989. In 1989, I was one ...

San Antonio Hosts Historic Signing Between Sister Cities International and The National League of Cities

Two historic and influential global nonprofits signed an agreement Tuesday to improve relations among its organizations. The historic signing took place today on November 19th in San Antonio. The National League of Cities (NLC) and Sister Cities International (SCI) agreed to develop better communication, networking, and outreach between membership cities, states, and countries who have active memberships. This commitment signifies a more targeted effort and initiative to tackle important global issues that affect our communities. This includes, but is not limited to, economic growth, environmental protection, and political discourse. ...