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Sister Cities International Announces 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners

Over 100 students from around the globe ages 13-22 interpret peace through art, film, writing, and photography for the 28th Annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase Washington, DC (June 16, 2016) – Today, Sister Cities International (SCI) announced the winners and finalists of the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. For nearly three decades, SCI has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase. The Showcase has given youth ages 14-18 from around the globe the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature. New for 2016, the Showcase added photography as part of the competition, allowing young people ages 13-22...view

Reps. Ron DeSantis, Joaquin Castro Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize July 15, 2016 as Sister Cities International Day

Members of Congress Unite to Celebrate the Impact that Sister Cities International has made for over 60 Years of Building Peace between Communities around the Globe  WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2016) – Today, Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced legislation to recognize Sister Cities International Day. Sister Cities International was founded 60 years ago as a Presidential initiative by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House Conference on citizen diplomacy. The organization’s mission to create more community-led global relationships so that people of different cultures could appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new national conflicts still thrives today.  The...view

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, September 11, 1956

60 Years of Peace through People, 60 Days of Impact

Blog contributed by Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.  On September 11, 1956 at the White House conference on Citizen Diplomacy, President Dwight Eisenhower launched what would eventually become one of the largest networks of citizen diplomats in the world — Sister Cities International (SCI). Originating as a post-WWII initiative, SCI was founded with a mission to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. The intention was that sister city partnerships, largely driven by local communities, would cultivate more mutual understanding and cooperation between people all over the globe through planned programming such as...view

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As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever. Sister Cities International enables citizen diplomats in communities across the world to develop relationships with communities in other countries that are based on cultural understanding and mutual cooperation.Donate