Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sister Cities International E-Newsletter

Sister Cities International


Feature Your City Flag
Congratulations to the 2014 Annual Award Winners!
Register Today for the 2014 Annual Conference!
2014 Youth Leadership Summit
Global Diaspora Week, October 12-18, 2014

June 19, 2014Phoenix Sister Cities: Global Business Outlook Luncheon
June 19, 2014Corvallis Sister Cities Association: Annual Meeting
June 20, 2014Fredericksburg Sister City Association: Honoring Our Heroes

Feature Your City Flag!

In a salute to our heritage as the oldest and largest national movement of Citizen Diplomats in the world, Sister Cities International and this year's Annual Conference (July 31-August 2, 2014; San Jose, CA) planners are reintroducing the Parade of Flags! The Parade of Flags will be a parade of city/county/region flags to honor who we are as member communities in this national movement.

Each member U.S. city, state or organization as well as international cities are requested to provide a flag for this ceremony. It is envisioned that this one time member gift to Sister Cities International will be retained for use at succeeding Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies.

Sister Cities International member communities/organizations are requested to ship a 3' x 5' flag (to be mounted on a standard pole with sheath diameter greater than 2 1/4 inches and no larger than 3 inches) to San Jose. For shipping address and other details, please visit:
Don't have a city flag to send? You can order one for a special discounted price of ONLY $65! For more information on how to order, please email Sachin Radhakrishnan, Annual Conference Fellow, at
Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your city pride!


Sister Cities International 2014 Annual Awards


Sister Cities International's Annual Awards Program highlights member sister city program's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. This year's winners are:

Best Overall Program
Innovation: Arts & Culture    Innovation: Economic Development Innovation: Energy & Sustainable Development Innovation: Humanitarian Assistance Innovation: Youth & Education Volunteer of the Year
Join us as we honor the award winners at a special ceremony on Saturday, July 2, during Sister Cities International’s 58th Annual Conference in San Jose, California!

2014 Sister Cities International Annual Conference: Register Today!

Continue to follow the yellow book pad, as Ruth Cotter explores San Jose’s arts and cultural heritage! Joining her are world-renowned Classical Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and Concertizing Flutist Ray Furuta. Come complete the full journey to San Jose, July 31-August 2 at the 2014 Sister Cities International Annual Conference!

We’re very excited to be hosting our 58th Annual Conference on the theme “Digital Diplomacy” in exciting San Jose this summer!

CLICK HERE to check out the draft agenda for a preview of all the sessions and tours in store for you! Register today at!

Sister Cities International is proud to present Dionne Warwick: Do You Know The Way To San Jose Concert as part of the 58th Annual Conference! Full Conference Registration includes a ticket to the Concert! Planning to travel with friends and family to San Jose? Click here to get your tickets for them!
Haven't booked your hotel stay yet? Click here to book your room at the venue, Fairmont San Jose Hotel, for a discoutned rate of $139/night! The hotel cut-off date to receive the special rate is Monday, July 7, 2014.
For more information on the agenda, fees, hotel and to register, CLICK HERE.

2014 Youth Leadership Summit


Sister Cities International welcomes students (ages 14-18) to participate in the 2014 Youth Leadership Summit at the 58th Annual Conference in
San Jose, California, July 31-August 2, 2014.

The 2014 Youth Summit is designed to engage the next generation of leaders and expose them to important global challenges. Through a specialized simulation, speaker sessions, and peer interaction, participants will learn how different national experiences drive international cooperation on critical issues. The summit will provide students with effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into public policy.

Student participants will be conducting a simulation of the G20 Summit on the theme of "Water as a Shared Commodity." Student will also have the opportunity to participate in guided tours! Through local tours students will learn how communities address: "Conservation & Restoration" and "Conservation & Flood Control."

The 2014 Youth leadership Summit, concurrent with Sister Cities International's 58th Annual Conference, will give students a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from their peers, meet mayors, city officials, diplomats, and community leaders from across the globe!

For more information on the fees, agenda, lodging, and to register, visit

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer that you can share with students and teachers in your city!

Global Diaspora Week is October 12-18, 2014!

Attention members! Did you know about the Global Diaspora Week (GDW) October 12-18, 2014? GDW is a week dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development. Organized by the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) it is intended to create awareness, enable collaboration and enhance learning amongst those working with diaspora communities in different locations around the world.

GDW will enable an inclusive and focused series of events– events that will be self-driven and self-organized by diaspora communities and other interested groups. Anyone can participate in Global Diaspora Week! IdEA’s website will list details about GDW events so you can find one in your area (or online) that you can attend. 

If you are interested in hosting an event, please visit for more information. IdEA will help drive attendance and publicity to Global Diaspora Week events by featuring submitted events through IdEA communication channels including the IdEA website!

Click here to download the GDW flyer. Questions? Email

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