Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships.

This July Sister Cities International will hold our 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. We will have many events surrounding this occasion including our Youth Leadership Summit, Annual Awards Dinner, various educational forums, and a Mayor's Reception.

We hope that you can join us in Virginia Beach as we celebrate 61 years of promoting "Peace through People".


  • When

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017
    5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach
    1900 Pavilion Drive
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

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