Sister Cities International was created by President Eisenhower in 1956. Eisenhower envisioned an organization that would promote peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. By becoming friends, Eisenhower reasoned, people of different cultures could celebrate and appreciate their differences.
Sister Cities International supports and strengthens global relationships by facilitating educational and cultural exchanges that lead to lifelong friendships and foster prosperity and peace through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.” These exchanges can be based on commerce, language, art, ideas, music, academic, youth programs, and more. The possibilities are endless.
Sister Cities International provides opportunities to get to know different people and cultures though firsthand experience. By participating in the program, we gain mutual respect and understanding of other cultures — and perhaps get to know ourselves a little better in the process.