Annual Conference

Sister Cities International's 60th Anniversary Celebration

60th Annniversary

Sister Cities International is marking a major milestone as we kick off our 60th anniversary year in 2016. Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, the celebration will not only honor the 60 years of history behind SCI, but also its promising future of sustaining Eisenhower’s original vision of fostering world peace through global people-to-people relationships. 

Registration for the 2016 Annual Conference, Youth Leadership Summit, and Diplomatic Gala is now open! Register for the full conference at a special early bird rate by April 15, 2016.

Click here to download the 60th Annual Conference Digital Toolkit and here to download sharable 60th graphics. 


Wednesday, July 13-Saturday, July 16, 2016


The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036


A block of rooms is being held at The Mayflower Hotel at a special discounted rate of $204/night. Please call reservations toll free at 877-212-5752 or the reservations local phone at 1-202-347-3000 to reserve your room or book online HERE. The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, June 20 at 6:00PM EDT. All guests will receive complimentary basic wireless internet in guest rooms.

Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please book your room early!

So you may better budget your hotel stay, current state and local taxes are $14.5%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay.


Click here for registration policies and payment details.

Click here to register.

Agenda Highlights

Stay tuned as we update the full conference agenda. Agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, July 13

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kickoff Reception at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence

Thursday, July 14

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Diplomatic Gala (separate registration required)

Friday, July 15

7:00am - 4:00pm

10:00am - 11:30am

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Annual Conference Sessions and Keynotes

Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags

City Welcome Reception

Saturday, July 16

9:00am - 5:00pm

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Annual Conference Sessions and Keynotes

Lou Wozar Annual Awards Dinner

Click here to view the full agenda.

Click here to register.

Click here to see the top 10 moments from the 59th Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

Youth Leadership Summit

Sister Cities International welcomes high school students (Ages 14-18) to participate in the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit at the 60th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The Youth Leadership Summit includes accommodations at George Washington University for four (4) nights: Check-in July 13, 2016, Check-out July 17, 2016. There is also an option during registration to purchase ground transportation ($25) from Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 and Sunday, July 17, 2016.  

Click here to learn more about the Youth Leadership Summit and read past Summit recaps.

Email Ted Carroll at for more information. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporate entities, embassies, government organizations, and can tailor a sponsorship package just for you. 

Click here to download our sponsorship deck to review opportunities.

Email Tricia Lloyd at for all sponsorship inquiries.

Questions? Email