New York State Sister Cities

A Global Citizen Diplomacy Network

About Sister Cities

Founded by President Dwight David D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States.  Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.  This network unites thousands of citizen diplomats, educators, political and business leaders, youth and volunteers in programs in 136 countries across 6 continents.

Sister Cities International helps advance peace and prosperity through educational, humanitarian, and economic efforts, and serves as a hub of institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit today's citizen diplomats, and those for generations to come.

Sister Cities International is a proud leader of the citizen diplomacy movement and strives to strengthen the network through strategic partnerships, educational programing for members, public panel discussions on relevant issues, and key programing to support our members in building and expanding their local programs.  We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial, sister city relationships.

Our Mission 

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

What is Citizen Diplomacy?

Citizen Diplomacy is the concept that the individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations, "one handshake at a time."  Citizen diplomats can be students, teachers, athletes, artists, business people, humanitarians, adventurers or tourists.  They are motivated by a responsibility to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue.

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Goals

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.

Sister Cities International is a leader for local community development and volunteer action. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs. We believe that sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit partnering communities.

Our goals are to:

  • Develop municipal partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations.
  • Provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
  • Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
  • Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
  • Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.