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 now open! Click here to register.

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.


Click here for registration policies and payment details.

Click here to register.

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 Robert Brady PA-01
Congresswoman Lois Capps CA-24
Congressman Mike Capuano MA-07
Congressman Joaquin Castro TX-20
Congresswoman Katherine Clark MA-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 Lois Frankel FL-22
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard HI-02
Congressman John Garamendi CA-03
Congressman Bob Goodlatte VA-06
Congressman Gene Greene TX-29
Congressman Raul Grijalva AZ-03
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
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

City Welcome Reception

Saturday, July 16

9:00am - 5:00pm

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Annual Conference Sessions and Keynotes

Lou Wozar Diplomatic Awards Dinner

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 silent auction donation form.

Email Tricia Lloyd at for all sponsorship inquiries.

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

2018 Annual Conference & Leadership Meeting RFP

Is your city interested in hosting the 2018 Sister Cities International Annual Conference? 

This is a request for proposal (RFP) for cities interested in hosting the 2018 Sister Cities International Annual Conference. All U.S. cities are eligible to apply. Cities applying must be dues paying members of Sister Cities International.

Click here to download the RFP containing background information on Sister Cities International, the Annual Conference, and an outline of the necessary requirements for each proposal. 

Please submit all letters of intent, bids, and questions regarding the RFP electronically to Meghan Schmidt at Deadline to submit a letter of intent is May 13, 2016. Final proposals are due May 27, 2016.

Questions? Email

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