New York State Sister Cities

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Founded by President Dwight David D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time. This network unites thousands of citizen diplomats, educators, political and business leaders, youth and volunteers in programs in 136 countries across 6 continents. Sister Cities International helps advance peace and prosperity through educational, humanitarian, and economic efforts, and serves as a hub of institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit today's citizen diplomats, and those for generations to come. Sister Cities International is a proud leader of the citizen diplomacy movement and strives to strengthen the network through strategic partnerships, educational programing for members, public panel discussions on relevant issues, and key programing to support our members in building and expanding their local programs. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial, sister city relationships.
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Citizens in New York State in a grass roots capacity networking with their friends internationally around the globe on a variety of humanitarian efforts to create partnerships and long term friendships around the globeCitizen Diplomacy is the concept that the individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations, "one handshake at a time." Citizen diplomats can be students, teachers, athletes, artists, business people, humanitarians, adventurers or tourists. They are motivated by a responsibility to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue.

Mission: Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

Did you know it was International Friendship Day today? Take a moment and appreciate all the friendships you've made thr...
07/30/2015

Did you know it was International Friendship Day today? Take a moment and appreciate all the friendships you've made through sister cities relationships.

Whether or not you made it to the Sister Cities Conference, catch the highlights in this Top 10 list
07/30/2015
Top 10 Moments from Sister Cities International's 59th Annual Conference

Whether or not you made it to the Sister Cities Conference, catch the highlights in this Top 10 list

The 59th Annual Conference kicked off with a beautiful VIP reception with remarks from Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council President Barbara Johnson, Sister Cities International’s President and CEO Mary D. Kane, and Meet Minneapolis’ Vice President of International Relations Bill Deef. Mayo…

Three cities in New York State - Buffalo, Rochester and New York City - have relationships with Chinese cities. That sou...
06/18/2015

Three cities in New York State - Buffalo, Rochester and New York City - have relationships with Chinese cities. That sounds like an excellent reason to register for the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference this fall: sistercities.org/uschina

Hands on learning opportunities await high school students at the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit on July 16-18 - and it's ...
05/04/2015

Hands on learning opportunities await high school students at the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit on July 16-18 - and it's time to sign up now: sistercities.org/yls

Upstate New York enjoyed the attention of thousands at last month's International Fair in Rennes, France, where the Roch...
04/30/2015

Upstate New York enjoyed the attention of thousands at last month's International Fair in Rennes, France, where the Rochester-Rennes committee shared information about NYS tourism.

Last night, Buffalo-Lille and Rennes-Rochester Sister Cities met to discuss their projects and experiences - we love whe...
04/29/2015

Last night, Buffalo-Lille and Rennes-Rochester Sister Cities met to discuss their projects and experiences - we love when our New York State groups work together!

Our Horseheads, NY - Nakagawa-machi, Japan sister cities relationship made this list of surprising city pairs. Can you g...
04/17/2015
11 Surprising Pairs of Sister Cities

Our Horseheads, NY - Nakagawa-machi, Japan sister cities relationship made this list of surprising city pairs. Can you guess why?

As you’re constantly reminded every holiday, you can’t choose your siblings—unless you’re a municipality. Then you can seek out a sister city .

NY cities, are you proud of your sister cities program? Apply to get it recognized in the 2015 Annual Awards by this Fri...
04/13/2015
Sister Cities International: Annual Awards 2015

NY cities, are you proud of your sister cities program? Apply to get it recognized in the 2015 Annual Awards by this Friday, April 17 for the chance to share your accomplishments with other programs across the country.

The Annual Awards Program highlights your sister city program's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Sister Cities International established the Annual Awards Program in 1962 to recognize exceptional sister city progra…

"Do you know high school students who are interested in international affairs? The 2015 Youth Leadership Summit will be ...
04/04/2015
Sister Cities International 2015 Annual Conference Youth Leadership Summit

"Do you know high school students who are interested in international affairs? The 2015 Youth Leadership Summit will be held in conjunction with the 59th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 16-18, 2015! The Summit is designed to engage the next generation of leaders and expose them to important global challenges based on the theme 'Peace through International Service.'

Visit http://bit.ly/1CBWrDb for the current agenda, promotional flyer, and to register."

Don't miss your chance to meet with fellow citizen diplomats and learn about best practices and innovations in the sister city network! Join Sister Cities International, elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, and business leaders in beautiful Minneapolis to discuss, "THEME".

"The mission of Sister Cities International is still as vital as it was in the 1950s, as tensions, conflict and disaster...
04/03/2015
Sister Cities International Embodies Citizen Diplomacy

"The mission of Sister Cities International is still as vital as it was in the 1950s, as tensions, conflict and disasters continue to rake different parts of the globe."

Sister Cities International has grown into a global venture that epitomizes the concept of citizen diplomacy, with 545 communities and more than 2,100 partnerships in 145 countries.

03/30/2015

Just a reminder that registration for the Sister Cities International 2015 Annual Conference from July 16 - 18, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN is still open! Save $100 and register by TOMORROW, March 31st, to receive the early-bird rate.

This year, Sister Cities International celebrates its 59th National Conference focusing on the theme, “Bridging Generations for Peace.” Attendees will include national leaders, international diplomats, mayors, local elected officials, city managers, business executives and educators. Delegates will have the opportunity to tour Minneapolis by bike, kayak, or skyway, participate in a traditional Sister Cities Parade of Flags, and enjoy an exclusive kickoff reception to Minneapolis' Annual Sister Cities Day. For more information on the agenda CLICK HERE.

There will also be a concurrent Youth Leadership Summit for students ages 14-18. Students will focus on the topic "Peace Through International Service" in a G20 simulation and hands-on service project. For more information CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For additional information on the conference please visit our website. We hope you to see you in July!

03/30/2015

This is your sister city program's opportunity to shine! Nominate your program for the 2015 Annual Awards by April 17, 2015.

The Annual Awards Program highlights your sister city program's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership can apply for the Awards.

Winners will be highlighted on Sister Cities International’s website, social media network, as well as in national and regional press outreach. Winners will be honored at an exclusive Awards Banquet at the 59th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN July 16-18, 2015 and will receive discounted registration to the Annual Conference.

Awards categories are as follows:
Best Overall
Innovation (Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Youth)
Volunteer of the Year
Youth Leadership
Click here to apply! THE APPLICATION WINDOW WILL CLOSE APRIL 17, 2015 AT 11:59 PM EDT.

Please read the eligibility and rules and regulations carefully before applying. There is NO APPLICATION FEE to nominate your program for the Annual Awards.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Turkish Culinary Art Classes - Buffalo"Cook and Taste Foods from Turkish Cuisine"Dear Friends, Turkish Cooking Class wil...
03/24/2015
Turkish Culinary Art Classes Registration Spring 2015

Turkish Culinary Art Classes - Buffalo
"Cook and Taste Foods from Turkish Cuisine"
Dear Friends,

Turkish Cooking Class will meet this Saturday, March 28th at 3:30PM for the second session. Classes are held at the Turkish Cultural Center building.

This week we will learn how to prepare & cook
- Cracked Wheat and Lentil Pilaf,
- Chicken in Béchamel Sauce,
- and Rice Pudding
all together and of course taste them at the end!

Everybody is invited! Participation in each class is only $10 to cover the costs of the materials. If you have not done already, you are still not late for reserving your seat in this joy! Please fill in the registration form at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/xWrxafu1u9

Upcoming sessions will meet every other week, as April 11th, April 25th, May 9th and May 23rd.

Please register for bi-weekly Turkish Culinary Art Classes. Classes will meet every other week, as March 14th, March 28th, April 11th, April 25th, May 9th and May 23rd. First session will meet on Saturday, March 14th at 3:30PM at TCC. Everybody is invited! Participation in each class is only $10 to…

03/24/2015

UB Confucius Institute Lecture Series
Chinese Art through Early Bronze Mirrors
Professor Hanmo Zhang (SUNY New Paltz)
Park 280, UB North Campus
Friday, March 27
12:00-1:30
Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served
In conjunction with Asia at Noon

Professor Zhang will begin his talk with an introduction to recent archaeological discoveries of early China. He will then focus on the art designs on the back of early Chinese bronze mirrors. Using transmitted textual evidence and newly excavated materials, he will examine one recently discovered bronze mirror to decipher the art design on the mirror backing, determine its authenticity, and demonstrate its significance in Chinese art history

Professor Hanno Zhang (PhD, UCLA), an early China scholar at SUNY New Paltz, studies the early Chinese literary world in its textual and archaeological contexts, He is now completing a monograph tentatively entitled “Types of Authorship and Text-making in Early China.”

The lecture is co-sponsored by UB Department of Art, Asian Studies Program, and Chinese Language Program.

Saturday, March 28 Grüvology Send off Party & Fund RaiserPAUSA would like to support Grüvology before its first European...
03/24/2015
PAUSA art house

Saturday, March 28
Grüvology Send off Party & Fund Raiser

PAUSA would like to support Grüvology before its first European tour with a fund raising party and concert. Audience members will be treated to a marathon concert by Buffalo's finest musicians including Bobby Jones, Bobby Militello, George Caldwell, Rishon Odel, John Radice, Dave Philips, Michael McNeill, Ed Chilungu, Toney Rhodes, Carina and the Six-String Preacher and Grüvology.

Pausa Art House is located at 19 Wadsworth street, between Allen and Kleinhans,
telephone: (716) 697-9069, www.pausaarthouse.com
Doors at 6:00 pm, Concert at 7:00 pm, Admission - $15

If you can't make it to Pausa, our INDIEGOGO fundraiser is still going at
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gruvology-tour-europe

Cafe Bar, Art Gallery, Concert venue

Great article on Buffalo!
03/02/2015
www.sister-cities.org

Great article on Buffalo!

Korean students from Buffalo, New York’s sister city, Yeongcheon, South Korea, recently spent three weeks as participants in Medaille College’s “Introduction to American Culture” English immersion program.

Promising to be a very fun events!  All are welcome to attend.
02/07/2015
Polish Winter Weekend

Promising to be a very fun events! All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Feb. 7 - Fr. Krysa's Krupnik Fest at Polish Villa 2 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. as a fundraiser for the St. Casimir Church Restoration Fund. One sam... - Brought to you by Celebrations.com

Can't wait for the upcoming Gala in March!  Now is the time to get your tickets, book flights, and hotel rooms!
02/02/2015
2015 Diplomatic Gala

Can't wait for the upcoming Gala in March! Now is the time to get your tickets, book flights, and hotel rooms!

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is the nation’s premier citizen diplomacy network that creates and...

Attention Japanese Sister City Chairs!  Kyoto Kimono is offering a fund-raising program for Japanese cultural groups tha...
01/26/2015
Fund Raising Program

Attention Japanese Sister City Chairs! Kyoto Kimono is offering a fund-raising program for Japanese cultural groups that is easy to run, a great way to increase exposure in the community, and a “can’t-lose” way to fund activities. Click below to learn more and email Nancy (Kyoto Kimono owner and a former Japanese Sister City Chairperson) to customize an option that suits your group.

01/09/2015

You can find more information and purchase tickets for the upcoming Sister Cities International 2015 Gala at: http://sistercities.org/gala

Did you know that the City of Buffalo has two Sister Cities in the Ukraine (Horlivka and Drohobych)? You are welcome to ...
06/10/2014
UCCA Pres_Elect_2014_Training

Did you know that the City of Buffalo has two Sister Cities in the Ukraine (Horlivka and Drohobych)? You are welcome to join a Ukraine election observing experience this Friday, June 13, 2014, 8pm at Dnipro, 562 Genesee St., Buffalo. Links to Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/107090216622137588230/UCCAPres_Elect_2014_Training?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJOJqOPnkfSMzAE&feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/107090216622137588230/UCCA_Debrief_Amb_Recept_Ukr_Presidential_2014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCP2QvJOri9_wIw&feat=directlink

Photos by Reno Domenico, May 21, 2014 - UCCA Election Observation Mission May 2014 - Grushevskogo St. 4 Briefing

Peter Ryan from the Irish Consulate, Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Dr. Kevin Kearns V.P. for Engagement and Economic Devel...
06/05/2014

Peter Ryan from the Irish Consulate, Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Dr. Kevin Kearns V.P. for Engagement and Economic Development State University of New York at Ferdonia, and Sister Cities International New York State Coordinator Louise Schoene met at Assemblyman Kearns office in West Seneca, NY yesterday to discuss how they can work to build more Sister City relationships between New York State and Ireland. Michael Brown, Artist in Residence at CEPA in Buffalo and visitor from Ireland took photos. Mr. Brown has photo portraits in the collection at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, added to the talks to remind the participants about the importance of promoting the exchange and contribution of the respective arts communities. Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, New York are Sister Cities.

Looking For A Sister City? Upcoming Webinar: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
05/17/2014
www.sister-cities.org

Looking For A Sister City? Upcoming Webinar: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Sister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program offers support services to help U.S. member cities find new sister city partners abroad. Our Membership Department works closely with members and utilizes a wide range of channels, including foreign and U.S. embassies, federal agencies, mun…

Commemorating WWII D-Day In Rochester
05/04/2014
Commemorating WWII D-Day In Rochester

Commemorating WWII D-Day In Rochester

The International Sister Cities of Rochester committee hosted a celebration to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of WWII D-Day invasion of Normandy

Fun event.. come learn about one of Buffalo's Sister Cities!
04/23/2014

Fun event.. come learn about one of Buffalo's Sister Cities!

Dear Sister Cities Friends,

Buffalo-Bursa Sister Cities Association, AKA, The Turkish Cultural Center will have a presentation on "Bursa: The Green City ". YOU ARE INVITED TO "Turkish Coffee Night" on Saturday, May 3rd, at 7:00pm, 1517 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14217. The event is FREE! The program will feature samples of local traditional cuisine.

Bursa,located in northwestern Anatolia, is known as Yeşil Bursa (meaning “Green Bursa”) and was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish fountain is installed in Buffalo and Nov. 9, 2010 had been declared as “Bursa City Day”.

Dear Sister Cities Friends,Buffalo-Bursa Sister Cities Association, AKA, The Turkish Cultural Center will have a present...
04/23/2014

Dear Sister Cities Friends,

Buffalo-Bursa Sister Cities Association, AKA, The Turkish Cultural Center will have a presentation on "Bursa: The Green City ". YOU ARE INVITED TO "Turkish Coffee Night" on Saturday, May 3rd, at 7:00pm, 1517 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14217. The event is FREE! The program will feature samples of local traditional cuisine.

Bursa,located in northwestern Anatolia, is known as Yeşil Bursa (meaning “Green Bursa”) and was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish fountain is installed in Buffalo and Nov. 9, 2010 had been declared as “Bursa City Day”.

03/28/2014
China-US 'sister' ties are in full bloom|Across America|chinadaily.com.cn

Another example of why the contribution of Sister Cities International and all the volunteers and programs are so important! Congratulations to all the award winners!

The passion for engaging in mutual exchanges and fostering strong bonds between US states and cities with Chinese provinces and cities will be evident.

Join business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister...
03/10/2014
http://www.sister-cities.org/USCHINA

Join business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference in
Washington, DC, March 26, 2014.

REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, MARCH 14
VISIT WWW.SISTER-CITIES.ORG/USCHINA TO REGISTER TODAY!

The 2014 US-China Sister Cities Conference will connect business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. It will provide exciting opportunities for U.S. and Chinese cities to learn about strengthening exchanges and business engagement through informative session...

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New York State Sister Cities is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between New York State and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. New York State Sister Cities and members are leaders for local community development and volunteer action. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs. We believe that sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit partnering communities. Our goals are to: Develop municipal partnerships between New York State cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations. Provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships. Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened. Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects. Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.

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Eins … zwei … g'suffa! The Buffalo Dortmund Sister City Committee is having a fundraiser on Saturday the 7th of April from 12-pm - 4pm at Flying Bison Brewery! We will have a special Dortmund style lager bier brewed for the event and music by the Auslanders! Tickets are $20 and you will receive 2 bier tokens. Come and celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Sister City partnership with Dortmund! We are a non for profit organization and all proceeds will go towards our students exchange programs, annual essay contest and to further our relationship with our Sister City Dortmund!