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Sister Cities – A good time to make friends with the family!

It’s probably yesterday in at least one of our Sister Cities, so it’s late but not too late to write and think about Sister Cities Day – It’s tomorrow, July 16, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

Joining in the festivities will be representatives of all of the Sister Cities, some of which have sent remarks, others have arranged for performances that represent their homeland and especially the music and dance of the Sister City.

The City of Minneapolis produces an outstanding guide to each of the Cities – If can’t attend the Nicollet Island event, do take time to enjoy the digital tour of our siblings – start your digital globe trotting here:  http://www.minneapolis.org/partners-and-community/sister-cities/sister-cities-day/  

 If you can’t attend in person, enjoy a virtual tour of the Sister City community of which Minneapolis is a member.  If you are able to join the Nicollet Island festivities, you’ll out-smart the masses if you did a digital dive first.  You’ll have a chance to meet and greet new friends from around the globe with whom you can share family fun and Ice Cream!  The event itself is free and open!

Meet, greet and learn about Sister Cities at July 15 event

The Sister Cities program, initiated through the efforts of President Dwight D Eisenhower in the mid-1950’s, represents a ray of hope,  On the one hand, the need for international communication on a human scale is stifled by protocols, politics and power at the same time technology offers the tools to create global communication and exchange among real people.  At the same, women from around the world are finding their voices – the “sister” in Sister Cities may be an unanticipated consequences  – or simply a prescient happenstance of the naming process.

Since the beginning, Minneapolis has embraced the idea of establishing roots with like-minded cities around the globe.  Today the city enjoys Sister City relationships with ten cities.

As shown below Minneapolis has 10 sister cities:[213][214]

▪    Najaf (Iraq) since 2009

▪    Cuernavaca (Mexico) since 2008

▪    Uppsala (Sweden) since 2000

▪    Eldoret (Kenya) since 2000

▪    Harbin (PR China) since 1992

▪    Tours (France) since 1991

▪    Novosibirsk (Russia) since 1988

▪    Ibaraki (Japan) since 1980

▪    Kuopio (Finland) since 1972

▪    Santiago (Chile) since 1961

And informal connections with  Hiroshima, Japan

Minneapolis once was sister cities with  Winnipeg, Canada.[215]t3Hg

 

In line with the mission of Sister Cities International Minneapolis-based initiatives “ promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.”  As one blogger observes “It was, and remains, a quintessential public diplomacy program.

Minneapolis is one of over 650 US communities that partner with more than 2000 sister cities in 135 countries.  Members of the network work largely in the areas of humanitarian assistance, economic and sustainable development, education and technical assistance.

Those who want to learn more and to support the work of the Sisters Cities program, locally and internationally, should check out the special event sponsored by Meet Minneapolis, an active player in the Minneapolis Sister City program.  It’s Sunday, July 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

The free and open family-friendly event in the air conditioned Pavilion offers entertainment, displays, free ice cream and a chance to get acquainted with those who participate in and plan the ciity’s Sister City program.

We all have much to learn and many opportunity to learn from colleagues in the Sister Cities program.