Sister Cities International was created in 1956 at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s White House Summit on citizen diplomacy. Houston established the first of 18 sister city relationships with Taipei, Taiwan, in 1961. Sister Cities of Houston was fromed by the City of Houston and individual sister cities to advance common goals for cultural, medical, and educational exchange as well as trade and economic development. Sister Cities of Houston is a 501(c)3 corporation and a member of Sister Cities International. The Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs administers the 18 Sister Cities relationships.
Mayor Annise Parker called our sister city relationships “the cornerstone of Houston’s overall international outreach efforts.”
We invite you and your organization to get involved with citizen diplomacy by becoming a sponsor partner.