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Sister Cities of Hampton and Anyang, South Korea Celebrating 30 Years of Friendship

In celebration of a 30 year friendship, Sister Cities of Hampton and the Hampton City Council hosted a delegation of twenty-five officials from Anyang, South Korea led by Mayor Choi Dae Ho. The delegation visited the City of Hampton from June 30-July 3, 2019. In the spirt of celebrating this milestone, various educational, cultural, and economic development activities were planned. The delegation viewed the Apollo 12 Exhibit and IMAX 50th year Anniversary of the Apollo program, explored the “Space Habitat”, enjoyed a STEM demonstration, and viewed Hampton’s downtown harbor from the third floor observation deck at the Virginia Air and Space ...

SCI President and CEO Explains the Meaning Behind the 2019 SCI Annual Conference Theme

ABOUT THE VIDEO SCI President and CEO Roger Mark De Souza explains why this year’s theme, "Cities Mean Business" is relevant to cities and their engagement in Sister Cities International's citizen diplomat network. SCI members have access to an array of benefits and become part of an incredible network of citizen diplomats working to ensure peace worldwide. ABOUT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL Sister Cities International has awarded the Sister Cities International Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Prize since 2016, the 60th Anniversary of the White House Summit on Citizen Diplomacy convened by President Eisenhower. Founded as a Presidential Initiative ...

Sister Cities International Awards the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Prize to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2019) – Sister Cities International is honored to present the 2019 Eisenhower Peace Prize to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Ms. Kennedy Townsend will receive the prize at Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags on Thursday morning, July 18 in Houston, Texas. Every year Sister Cities International awards the Eisenhower Peace Prize to a nationally recognized leader whose lifetime of public service exemplifies, epitomizes, and promotes the value of the citizen diplomat in the timeless, noble cause of advancing world peace. “Sister Cities is just the kind of citizen diplomacy ...

Sister Cities International To Host Africa Forum at 2019 Annual Conference in Houston

WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2019) – Sister Cities International (SCI) will be hosting an Africa Forum during the 2019 Annual conference, which will be held July 17th- 19th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Houston, Texas. The forum will be held offsite at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs of Texas Southern University on Wednesday, July 17th. This event will allow participants to find out how to build partnerships with Africa; meet the Houston-Luanda Sister Cities Association, the only African sister City of Houston; meet representatives and potential sister City partnerships; and learn the best practices for an effective ...

BRENDA BRUMFIELD TO RECEIVE STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD AT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Washington, DC, (July 10, 2019) –Sister Cities International is honored to announce that State Representative Brenda Brumfield will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala in Houston, Texas. Each year, Sister Cities International presents the Distinguished Service Award to extraordinary individuals who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have made significant contributions to society through the communities they serve. “The Distinguished Service Award is reserved for those State Representatives who have worked endlessly to make a remarkable impact on their communities,” said Roger-Mark de ...

Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee Celebrates the Rich History of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Through Cultural Diplomacy

Alexandria, Egypt, was a world center of knowledge and learning in the third century BCE, when its ancient library gathered scrolls and scholars from around the world. Now the Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA) in the 21st century is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original library. The Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee (BLASCC) will be celebrating the ancient and new Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) this summer. BLASCC is hosting Heba El-Rafey, Director of Public Relations and International Communications at the BA, for a week-long visit to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Ms. El-Rafey has a busy schedule ...

S. JAVAID ANWAR TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD AT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Washington, DC, (June 27, 2019) –Sister Cities International is honored to announce that S. Javaid Anwar will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala in Houston, Texas. Each year, Sister Cities International presents the Distinguished Leadership Award to extraordinary companies and individuals who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have made significant contributions to society through the communities they serve. “The Distinguished Leadership Award is reserved for those who have worked to make a remarkable impact on their communities,” said Roger-Mark de Souza, President and CEO of ...

OLIVIA CONNOR WINS SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL’S YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

WASHINGTON, DC – Olivia Connor of Nashville, Tennessee has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Youth Leadership Award. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. Olivia Connor has been involved in Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) since 2016.  She applied to be a Student Ambassador to Caen, France and was accepted into the summer program.  She was an exemplary citizen diplomat while in Caen, according to the trip chaperone, as she ...

MAXINE HANKINS CAIN WINS SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL’S VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

WASHINGTON, DC – Maxine Hankins Cain of Lansing, Michigan has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. Maxine Hankins Cain, Ed D, an Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission (LRSCC) member for 20 years, is a former teacher and school administrator who always stressed the importance of understanding global issues, cultures and languages. As an educator of excellence ...

Long Beach, California Wins Sister Cities International’s Innovation Award for Youth and Education

WASHINGTON, DC – Long Beach, California has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Youth and Education for a city with a population greater than 100,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. In August 2018, the Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc., (California) through its Long Beach-Qingdao Association (LBQA), provided support for a new project to bring Chinese and US students together to learn how to program ...