Minneapolis welcomes Sister Cities International

The 59th annual Sister Cities International Conference takes place in Minneapolis July 16-18. This major convening will bring together hundreds of the most influential leaders in innovation, policy, business and diplomacy from key cities around the world. These international elected and municipal officials, diplomats, youth delegates, and business leaders will assemble to discuss this year’s theme: Bridging Generations for Peace.

This year’s conference agenda will create momentum for sustaining world peace and will feature specialized sessions on topics such as humanitarian assistance, global crisis communications, sports diplomacy, fundraising and best practices for high school exchanges. The conference will also include a view into the city’s deep cultural roots.

Check out these free community events during the conference:

Opening ceremony
10 a.m., Friday, July 17, at Peavey Plaza

The opening ceremony includes a parade of flags representing 120 cities; the singing of our national anthem by Alyssa Herrig; and remarks from Mayor Betsy Hodges, Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary D. Kane and other special guests.

Ice cream social
1-5 p.m., Sunday, July 19, at Nicollet Island Pavilion

This family-friendly event showcases Minneapolis’s 12 sister city relationships with multicultural entertainment, exhibits and children’s activities. Free ice cream and refreshments will be available while supplies last.

Minneapolis Sister Cities

Learn more

For more information about the conference, visit www.SisterCitiesConference.org. For the 2015 conference agenda, visit sistercities.org/2015Agenda.

Please volunteer

The City and Meet Minneapolis are hosting the Sister Cities International conference and need volunteers to help make the conference run smoothly, provide a warm welcome and show the national and international attendees what Minneapolis has to offer. There are many opportunities at several locations and times. Please note that volunteers at the airport and hotel welcome desks must be very familiar with the city and public transportation.

Check with your supervisor before signing up to volunteer during your usual work hours. You will need to comply with the City’s policies and procedures for using vacation time.

Sign up to volunteer

There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation session 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at the Hyatt Regency, Calhoun Room, fourth floor. Each volunteer will get a T-shirt and badge that clearly identifies them as conference volunteers. Specific instructions for each shift will be sent to all volunteers in the two weeks before the conference.  

If you have any questions, email Janet Elkins at janete@minneapolis.org.

Published Jul 1, 2015

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