Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.
Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world.
By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.
Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships.
The mission of Sister Cities International is just as important today as it was when it was founded. With the advent of the internet and new technologies, the world is becoming smaller, and the relationships and interactions between the U.S. and its international counterparts are more complex than ever.
Despite this increase in online communication, the face-to-face meetings and personal relationships developed through sister cities are still vital and irreplaceable.
Sister Cities International continues to expand its reach to new and emerging regions of the world and dedicates special focus to growing partnerships in Africa, Southeast and East Asia, and Latin America.