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Sister Cities International Conference - Cities Mean Business

  • Marriott Marquis Houston 1777 Walker Street Houston, TX, 77010 United States (map)

Houston is host of the Sister Cities International (SCI) Annual Conference celebrating peace through people-to-people relationships.

The theme of the 63rd annual gathering, “Cities Mean Business,” correlates with SCI Mission: to be the Global Resource for International Cities.

This conference will:

  • Help SCI relationships spark business opportunities

  • Provide practical networking and collaboration tools

  • Integrate Global Citizenship with NxtGen and Young Professionals Model success in Africa, China, Germany, Japan and Mexico



  • 7:30am | Registration

  • 8:00am | Africa Summit Begins (offsite, All Day)

  • 8:00am | US-China Mayor’s Summit Begins (All Day)

  • 6:00pm | Global Leaders Circle and VIP Reception


  • 7:30am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:15am | Opening Flag Ceremony

  • 11:00am | Board Candidates Forum

  • 12:00pm | Lunch (Keynote: Marie Royce)

  • 1:30pm | Conference Break-out Tracks(T1) Business and Diplomacy; (T2) Culture is Business; and (T3) Unique Cities

    • 1:30pm | (T1) Online Gaming; (T2) Music Diplomacy; (T3) Port/Coastal Cities

    • 2:30pm | (T1) Diplomacy Through Sports; (T2) The Business of Art (Dance/Folk/Digital); (T3) Innovation Through Adversity/Resilience

    • 3:30pm | Annual Board Meeting and Election of Officers

  • 5:30pm | Mayor’s City Welcome Reception (offsite)


  • 7:30am | Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:00am | Diplomatic Briefings (Plenary)

  • 9:00am | Global Awareness Tea Regional Presentations

  • 10:45am | Conference Break-out Tracks: (T1) Sister Cities How-To’s; (T2) Mayors How-To’s; and (T3) Partnership How-To’s

  • 11:30am Lunch (Keynote TBD)

  • 1:00pm | Conference Break-out Tracks: (T1) Human Trafficking in MY Town?; (T2) New NLC Partnerships; and (T3) Partnering with Rotary

  • 2:00pm | (T1) The ABC’s of SCI

    • 2:30pm | US-Mexico Mini Summit (to 5:30pm)

    • 2:30pm |US-Germany Mini Summit (to 5:30pm)

  • 3:00pm | (T1) Working with Your Consulate

  • 4:00pm | Youth Leadership Summit Final Simulation

  • 6:00pm | Conference Cocktail Reception

  • 7:00pm | Annual Awards Dinner and Gala


Member Full Registration | $575
Non Member Full Registration | $675
Young Professional Full Registration (35 and under) | $375
China-U.S. Mayors’ Summit Add-on | $125
Africa Forum Add-on | $125