Sister City Program
San Francisco has Sister City relationships with 18 partner cities around the world. A Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Sister City relationships in the United States began under President Eisenhower as a means to foster peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the globe. These relationships bring people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and create cultural, educational, informational and trade exchanges through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy”. Sister City programs are unique in that they involve three main sectors in a community: local government, businesses and a wide variety of citizen volunteers (civil society or non-profit organizations).
In the fifty years of the San Francisco Sister City program, exchanges have taken place in virtually all areas of the community – sports, art, culture, educations, government and business – all of which have contributed to increased cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
Click here for a full list of San Francisco Sister Cities.