History of Sister Cities

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To advance the principles of citizen diplomacy and global cooperation through cultural understanding to the mutual benefit of the residents of Palm Desert and her Sister Cities.

“The Sister City Program is an important resource to the negotiations of governments in letting people themselves give expression to their common desire for friendship, goodwill and cooperation for a better world for all.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

President of the United States of America

The Sister Cities movement was established by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Initially it was designed to promote world peace and diminish the tensions following WWII. The concept involves “People, Partnership, Peace” with these principles:

  • Exposure to other people(s) broadens understanding
  • Partnership breeds tolerance and is part of democracy – working together
  • People and partnership breeds peace

For more information on Sister Cities International, visit: www.sister-cities.org