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President Dwight D. Eisenhower, September 11, 1956

60 Years of Peace through People, 60 Days of Impact

Blog contributed by Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.  On September 11, 1956 at the White House conference on Citizen Diplomacy, President Dwight Eisenhower launched what would eventually become one of the largest networks of citizen diplomats in the world — Sister Cities International (SCI). Originating as a post-WWII initiative, SCI was founded with a mission to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. The intention was that sister city partnerships, largely driven by local communities, would cultivate more mutual understanding and cooperation between people all over the globe through planned programming such as...view

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Chicago and Sister City Hamburg Band Together to Support Refugees

Blog contributed by Rolf Achilles and Johann Christoph Lichtenfeld, Co-Chairs of the Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.  As we have seen over recent months, the refugee crisis in Europe has dominated headlines and led news reports around the world. Last year alone, well over one million refugees fled to Europe seeking safe haven and a new start to their lives. The pace of arrivals has only increased as 2016 has begun. These numbers are staggering — it is the largest human migration since the end of World War II. Ongoing violence and conflict in their home countries have caused these refugees to come to Europe, with the majority coming from Syria, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq. While it...view

Imagining Tomorrow

Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor Q&A

Q&A with Rhoda Toback, Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor, Columbia, Maryland. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. The following post features a Q&A with Rhoda Toback of Columbia, MD, who served as a mentor in the Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition during fall 2015. The competition was conducted in partnership between Sister Cities International (SCI) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in order to connect U.S. science mentors with high school student teams across the globe to propose sustainable water solutions for the students’ communities. Rhoda mentored the competition’s winning team, Team DAYZINS, from Accra, Ghana. 1. What is your background and experience with water sustainability/management and science education? I’ve...view

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