Our mission reflects our belief in the power of personal connections. Since our inception in 1956, Sister Cities International has worked to create global relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. The result? Participants developed lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.” Today, we continue to expand our reach and strengthen existing relationships. Our members boast exchanges in arts and culture, business and trade, youth and education, and community development that not only bring them friendship, but help them to tackle the world’s most pressing issues at the local level.