SCI Global Conversations is a program series designed to connect with leading global experts.

“How Cities are Responding to Climate Change and Why It Matters”

Sister Cities International will be holding the second part of its Global Conversation on City Resiliency and will have the key elements of International Collaborations and Inclusive Engagement that are available for cities to achieve resiliency. 


Climate change places cities at risk and poses serious threats on cities’ development and society. All cities are vulnerable to the effect of climate change. From coastal cities to highly urbanized mega-cities, the threat remains to be the same. Adapting to these climate-related risks implies a substantial amount of planning processes and collaborations, not only on the national level but on the international level as well. The sharing of experiences and best practices are crucial in developing local capacities in the local government and for citizens to increase awareness, as well as preparedness, on the following issues:

This Global Conversation focuses on the importance of accelerated climate change action, emphasizing the need for embracing inclusive engagements which will bring all the actors of society together. This includes national governments, the private sectors, academia, civil society, city networks, and local governments. Partnerships must be made to work collaboratively in building resiliency and preparedness. 


The goal is for Sister Cities International to take part in a variety of programmes which support its members in promoting citizen diplomacy alongside international exchanges. This event was organized in collaboration with ADEC Innovations and the Global CEO alliance to build capacity on local governments and increase inclusive engagements. 

April 14, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Free Registration


Leroy R. Allala

President and Chief Executive Officer of Sister Cities International


Kristopher King

Executive Director of the Charleston Preservation Society; Charleston Sister Cities International

RosaLaura Romeo

Mountain Partnership Secretariat in Rome, Italy; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Dr. Tiffany Wise-West

PhD Sustainability and Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, California.

Gwen Amamoo

Chair of Birmingham, Alabama/Winneba & Apassao, Ghana Breast Cancer Project

See the first part of our Programs Celebrating International Women’s Day

women in local leadership: achieving an equal future in a covid-19 world

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Sister Cities International, in cooperation with ADEC Innovations, is proud to recognize the specific contributions of women across the sister cities network through this Global Conversation.

Women stand at the front lines of all crises, including the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers, as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. This crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. Today there is more acceptance than ever before that, especially at the local level, women bring different experiences, perspectives, and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies, and laws that work better for all.


March 8th, 2021

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Missed the Livestream Watch it Here


  • Dr. Michael McQuary – San Diego Sister Cities Association

  • Dr. Jane CahalyYouth Leadership Summit and Sister Schools Initiative

San Diego International Sister Cities Association – Dynamic Program Ideas

  • Ms. Kay SargentYoung Artists and Authors Showcase
  • Ms. Mae Ferguson – Fort Worth Leadership Academy
  • Ms. Debbie LiAmerican Cultural Exchange Service and the High School HomeStay Program
  • Clare PetrichVirtual PenPal Programs