SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 136 countries on six continents.
Sister Cities International helps advance peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic development efforts, and serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit citizen diplomats. Sister Cities International empowers individual citizens to become diplomats and represent their community and their country in new and meaningful ways.
We also strive to strengthen the sister cities network through strategic institutional partnerships, grants, programs and support for our members. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial, sister city, county or state relationships.
WHAT ARE SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIPS?
A sister city, county or state relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two municipalities in two countries. A sister city, county or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement.
A city may have anywhere from one to an unlimited number of sister cities, ranging from a half dozen members to hundreds of volunteers, and receive some support from the local government.
Sister city relationships offer the flexibility to allow connections to form between communities that are mutually beneficial and take on issues that are most relevant for the partners.
WHAT IS A SISTER CITY ORGANIZATION?
A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad. Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational and cultural exchanges with their sister city.
Sister city organizations promote peace through people-to-people relationships—with program offerings varying greatly from basic cultural exchange programs to shared research and development projects between cities with relationships.
For more information on Sister Cities International, please check http://www.sister-cities.org/