‘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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Rekindling a 30-Year Sister City Partnership

Mayors from Park City, Utah, and Courchevel France, Jack Thomas & Philippe Mugnier rekindle a 30-year sister city relationship
Story contributed by Karen Anderson, Executive Analyst, Park City Municipal CorporationTwo mountain towns – Park City, Utah and Courchevel, France – though a continent away, have developed a long and storied bond through their sister city program.The cities, both world-renowned ski resort destinations, first developed an alliance in 1984. During that time, Courchevel’s star was rising after having just helped secure the bid for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Park City was still a sleepy, funky mountain town just beginning its own rise to internati...

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UN Office for South-South Cooperation to Present Sister Cities International with the “2014 South-South Cooperation for Partnership” Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2014) – The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation will present Sister Cities International’s Sino-African Initiative (SAI) with the 2014 South-South Cooperation for Partnership Award. The Award will be presented during the Closing Ceremony and Annual South-South Cooperation Awards at the Global South-South Development Expo in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 2014. Sister Cities International President and CEO, Mary D. Kane, and former SAI Program Manager, Lula Chen, will accept the award.SAI, a unique ...

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