Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference, hosted every year for 57 years now, brings together hundreds of citizen diplomats from around the world. Attendees include mayors, local elected officials, city managers, business executives, educators, as well as youth, nonprofit, and community leaders. Participants attend interactive seminars, network, exchange ideas, and develop strategies to strengthen and expand their sister city programs.
San Jose has seven sister cities: Okayama, Japan; San Jose, Costa Rica ; Veracruz, Mexico; Tainan, Chinese Taipei; Dublin, Ireland; Pune, India; and Ekaterinburg, Russia. It has a history of award-winning sister city programs.
About Sister Cities International:
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats from 550 U.S. communities with partnerships in nearly 2,000 cities in 140 countries around the globe.