Sister Cities International Statement on Black Lives Matter

We are greatly saddened and angered by recent events in our country.  Protests continue across the U.S. and around the globe highlighting the systemic racism and prejudice that have plagued our nation for far too long. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and no doubt, many others whose names we don’t know, remind us that we still have so far to go.  Our hearts break for the victims. Our hearts break for their families. Our hearts break for our communities and our world. At the core of Sister Cities International is the belief that ...

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Cincinnati, Ohio and New Taipei City, Taiwan – “A friend in need is a friend indeed”

Cincinnati, Ohio and New Taipei City, Taiwan established their sister-city relationship in 1994 and since then have been continually growing in their relationship. This ranges from cultural exchanges to donations of thousands of medical supplies during each other’s time of need. These two sister cities have held both official and grassroots exchange activities which include mayoral visits, as well as arts and cultural exchanges such as youth choirs, folk drum teams, and puppet shows. They have also had exhibitions and conferences such as the computer and pottery exhibi...

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A Message from the Chairman

Ron Nirenberg
Dear Friends: Amidst an unprecedented global health and economic crisis, unyielding solidarity and hope are essential for us to successfully navigate this extraordinarily difficult environment. Humanity has not experienced such systematic disruption across every continent at any time in recent history. Almost every major urban and rural population center has been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 virus, an invisible adversary that knows no borders and threatens our public health systems as well as our social and economic networks. In this global era, our responsibility ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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.   

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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 collab...

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