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 and Youth Leadership Summit is open!

Click here to register.

Help spread the word about #SCI60years! Click here to download a digital toolkit with ways for you to spread peace through people. Click here to download sharable graphics.

See below for more information:


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.

HOTEL UPDATE: The Mayflower Hotel has reached capacity on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13 and may have limited rooms available. For your convenience, an overflow block has been booked at the nearby Courtyard Marriott-Embassy Row at 1600 Rhode Island Ave, NW (.3 mile walk from The Mayflower). The rate is $259/night. Book online HERE or call Marriott Reservations at 1-(800) 321-2211 or 202-293-8000 and reference "SCI Overflow" on or before Monday, June 13, 2016 to receive the special rate. Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Click here for registration policies and payment details.

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Thank you to our Honorary Host Committee!

Honorary Co-Chair Norman Mineta San Jose, California
Honorary Co-Chair Hans Vielberth Regensberg, Germany
Senator Benjamin Cardin Maryland
Senator Thad Cochran Mississippi
Senator Amy Klobuchar Minnesota
Senator James Lankford Oklahoma
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Maryland
Senator Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Senator Patty Murray Washington
Senator Harry Reid Nevada
Senator Jeanne Shaheen New Hampshire
Senator Mark Warner Virginia
Senator Roger F. Wicker Mississippi
Congressman Brad Ashford NE-02
Congresswoman Karen Bass CA-37
Congressman Brendan Boyle PA-13
Congressman Robert Brady PA-01
Congresswoman Lois Capps CA-24
Congressman Mike Capuano MA-07
Congressman Tony Cárdenas CA-29
Congressman Joaquin Castro TX-20
Congresswoman Katherine Clark MA-05
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II MO-05
Congressman Tom Cole OK-04
Congressman Gerald Connolly VA-11
Congressman Jim Cooper TN-05
Congressman John K. Delaney MD-06
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell MI-12
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo CA-18
Congresswoman Lois Frankel FL-22
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard HI-02
Congressman John Garamendi CA-03
Congressman Bob Goodlatte VA-06
Congressman Gene Green TX-29
Congressman Raul Grijalva AZ-03
Congressman French Hill AR-02
Congressman Jared Huffman CA-02
Congresswoman Robin Kelly IL-02
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence MI-14
Congresswoman Barbara Lee CA-13
Congressman John Lewis GA-03
Congresswoman Doris Matsui CA-06
Congressman Patrick McHenry NC-10
Congresswoman Grace Meng NY-06
Congresswoman Candice Miller MI-10
Congressman Jeff Miller FL-01
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton District of Columbia At-Large
Congressman Erik Paulsen MN-03
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. NJ-10
Congressman Scott Rigell VA-02
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard CA-40
Congressman Adam Schiff CA-28
Congresswoman Jackie Speier CA-14
Congressman Paul Tonko NY-20
Congressman Marc Veasey TX-33
Congressman David Young IA-03

Agenda Highlights

CLICK HERE to view the full 2016 Annual Conference agenda.

Wednesday, July 13

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Kickoff Reception at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence

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

Mayor's Welcome Reception at the Embassy of China

Saturday, July 16

9:00am - 5:00pm

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Annual Conference Sessions and Keynotes

Lou Wozar Diplomatic Awards Dinner

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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. Email Tricia Lloyd at for all sponsorship inquiries.

Click here to download our silent auction donation form.

Sponsor your Ambassador: Help support our 60th Anniversary and sponsor an Ambassador and their guest with a $500 sponsorship. Email Tricia Lloyd at to inform SCI of the Ambassador you would like to sponsor and to find out more details. Sponsors will receive reserved seating at the dinner with the Ambassador they have sponsored. Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis (*already sponsored). 

  • Embassy of Argentina*
  • Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
  • Embassy of the Republic of Burundi
  • Embassy of the People's Republic of China*
  • Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt*
  • Embassy of Germany
  • Embassy of the Republic of Ghana
  • Embassy of Ireland*
  • Embassy of Japan*
  • Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Embassy of the Republic of Liberia
  • Embassy of Madagascar*
  • Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius
  • Embassy of the Republic Malta*
  • Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar*
  • Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua
  • Embassy of Panama
  • Embassy of Portugal
  • Embassy of Saudi Arabia
  • Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Embassy of South Sudan
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Embassy of Timor-Leste
  • Embassy of Ukraine

Exhibitor Information

Interested in showcasing your organization at the 2016 Annual Conference? Click here to download the 60th Annual Conference exhibitor registration form. 

Communications Opportunities

We have several exciting communications opportunities to amplify the sister cities movement leading up to the Annual Conference. 

  • 60 Days of Impact 60 Days of Impact is a digital campaign that will run daily starting in May 14 for 60 days leading up to the first day of the 60th Annual Conference in July in order to showcase the amazing work sister city programs have done over the past several decades and to highlight content from thought leaders in diplomacy, cities, innovation, and more. Content can include stories, articles, blog posts, photos, videos, and Mayor and Ambassador Q&As. Click here to download a one-pager with more information. Send all contributions to
  • Mayor and Ambassador Q&As To Mayors' Office and Embassy employees: Please fill out the Q&A in tandem with the Mayor or Ambassador. Send the completed Q&A along with an accompanying photo to Click here to download the Mayor Q&A and click here to download the Ambassador Q&A. 
  • Sister Cities International Day Proclamation Show support for your sister city program! Request a Mayoral Proclamation to name July 15 "Sister Cities International Day" in your city. Click here to download draft proclamation language and click here to download a Mayoral Proclamation toolkit. Send the finalized proclamation to

Donate Your Community's Flag for the Opening Ceremony Parade of Flags

Include your community's flag alongside 150 others during the Parade of Flags at the 60th Annual Conference Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 15.

Each member community or organization is encouraged to donate a community/city/county or sister city organization flag for the Parade. Note: If you donated a flag for the 2014 or 2015 Conferences, it will be used again this year.

New flag donations are considered to be a one time member gift to Sister Cities International and will be retained for use during future Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies. 

Please ship flags to:

     Meghan Schmidt

     Sister Cities International

     915 15th Street NW, 4th Floor

     Washington, DC 20005

Flags should be 3 ft. x 5 ft. (92 cm x 152 cm) with sheath diameter greater than 2 1/4 inches (57 mm) and no larger than 3 inches (76 mm). Sister Cities International will provide standard size flag poles.

Please notify when your flag is en route. 

International conference attendees are invited to provide a city flag as well, however it is emphasized that this is a parade of community/city flags and NOT a parade of country flags/national colors. Country flags/national colors will NOT be accepted as a substitute for a community or city flag.

All flags must be received by Friday, June 24, 2016. If we have not received your flag by this date, we cannot guarantee the flag will be in this year’s parade. 

City Sightseeing Bus Tours

As our nation’s capital, Washington, DC captures the true spirit of America. Enjoy a 4-hour bus tour, highlighting the best of Washington, and see some of the sites that are on everyone’s must-see list on Thursday, July 14, during our 60th Anniversary Celebration!

Stops include The White House, The Capitol, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, MLK Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial if time permits. A tour guide will provide useful facts and answer any questions you may have.

Tours will run twice on July 14: 9:30am-1:30pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm. 

Please note:

  • The fee is $25 per person and advance sign up is required.
  • Tours are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Guests should arrive 15 minutes before the start of their tour.
  • The tour will leave from The Mayflower Hotel.
  • Click here to sign up today! 
  • You must be registered for the 60th Anniversary Celebration to sign up. If you have already registered, click here to log-in and edit your registration.

Bid in the 60th Anniversary Online Auction

Visit today and help us raise our 60th Anniversary auction goal of $26,000! Get a jump start on the bidding to win vacation packages, airline tickets, dinners with Ambassadors, and much more. There are over 50 items to bid on now through the Diplomatic Awards Dinner Saturday, July 16.

Questions? Email

Take Action

This year marks a pivotal moment during which Sister Cities International is celebrating 60 years of peace through people. Get involved in this momentous year.
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