Connecting Cincinnati to the Global Community
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. 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.
A program created in a post-WWII world, Sister Cities International creates partnerships between cities to foster understanding and goodwill. Beginning officially in 1956, sister cities between a U.S. city and an international city build on a rich history of global cities creating bonds. The program has led to countless educational exchanges, business partnerships and disaster relief efforts.