Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International


Celebrating the Presidential Inauguration

USMSCA 50th Anniversary Convention

Engage the Next Generation: Project Earth-Sister Cities International Challenge

2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Call for "99 Under 33" Nominations

Jan 26, 2013
Tempe Sister Cities Passport to the World II
Jan 27, 2013
Corvallis Sister City Association Ethiopian Culture Dinner and Auction
Jan 27, 2013
Norfolk ister Cities Association 36th Annual International Luncheon


Celebrating the Presidential Inauguration


Thank you to everyone who joined us on January 17 for the Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala at the International Hall of Flags, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. Your overwhelming support and enthusiasm ensured that the Gala was a success!

300 guests including congressmen, ambassadors, diplomats, mayors, and citizen diplomats from across the United States and the world also joined us at the Gala as we celebrated the tradition of Presidential support for our organization.

Congressman Mike Honda, one of the guests, later wrote about the Gala in a Facebook post, "...The energy in the room and spirit of the event showcased the commitment, passion and strong principles of this network in its efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all. Re-connecting with these folks on the eve of the Inauguration weekend reminded me just how strong people to people connections are in building goodwill and global understanding...."

Sister Cities International would also like to thank our sponsors MGM Resorts International, Amazon Web Services LLC, Mary Ellen and Mike E. Fox Sr., Mike Hyatt and others for their commitment and support for the Gala.

Pictures from the Gala will be posted on our Facebook page soon!

USMSCA 50th Anniversary Convention

The United States Mexico Sister Cities Association (USMSCA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! USMSCA will be celebrating this milestone with a 50th Anniversary Convention to be held in Laredo Texas, February 21-23, 2013. 

The convention is set to offer many exciting and memorable events for delegates as well as their families. To view the agenda and to register, please visit

Engage the next generation with the Project Earth-Sister Cities International Challenge!
“The Project Earth – Sister Cities International Challenge” is underway through Spring 2013! The Challenge engages the next generation of citizen diplomats through environmental and renewable energy projects. Utilizing the Project Earth online resources and sharing platform and the Sister Cities International network of students, teachers, and schools, this challenge allows young people to work with fellow students in their sister cities to implement sustainable projects focused on mutual environmental problems.

Winning team will  be awarded $1,500! Second and third place winners receive $500 each!

  • K-12 school classes or clubs with a teacher sponsor and a partner class in their sister city;
  • Cities where schools are located must be a partner in good standing with Sister Cities International;
  • Project must be registered on Project Earth website through their teacher/adult sponsor.
For further details on the project and registration instructions, visit

To view sample projects visit the Project Earth website at www.projectearth.netQuestions? Email

2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!

The 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme is "The Power of Exchange." Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Entries should illustrate the long-term impact that exchanges have had on an individual or community.

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2013. For details, visit:

Click on the links below to download the entry forms:
Young Artists Form
Young Authors Form

Call for “99 Under 33” Nominations

Our media partners at Diplomatic Courier along with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy have announced that nominations for the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33 Years of Age” are now open.

Now in its third year, “Top 99 Under 33” is a special project that captures the extraordinary impact that 99 diverse Millennials under the age of 33 are making on international affairs. The list and individual profiles of the "Top 99 Under 33" offer insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the young people who are already tackling the world's critical challenges.
 Click here to see the 2012 "Top 99 Under 33" list.

To nominate a person who has made a clear impact on foreign policy and is recognized as a rising leader, click here.

Nominees will be considered for one of these seven categories: influencer, innovator, convener, risk-taker, practitioner, shaper, and catalyst. To nominate yourself or another person, submit the completed form no later than February 28, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

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