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Sister Cities International conference comes to Kansas City from July 16-19

The 2008 Sister Cities International conference will bring more than 600 people, including 100 youth, from 40 states and more than 20 countries to Kansas City, Mo., from July 16-19.

Conference participants include sister city supporters and leaders, elected government officials, corporate executives and community activists from around the world. The 2008 conference, “Sustainable Peace through Livable Communities” will address widespread environmental issues that are common causes of conflict over resources and global warming.

Keynote speakers are Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, environmentalist and human rights activist, Henrietta H. Fore, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Goli Ameri, assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Mary Jean Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International.

Evening events during the conference are open to public, but require pre-registration. These events are hosted by the City of Kansas City, Mo., and the Sister City Association of Kansas City, and include:

Opening reception, July 16

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets are $20 for an individual or $30 per couple

Mayor's reception, July 17
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets are $30 per person

2009 conference reception (hosted by Northern Ireland) July 18
Union Station
30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets are $40 per person

Closing Jazz Gala, July 19
Westin Crown Center Ballroom
1 E. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Tickets are $60 per person

Tickets are available at or can be purchased at the door by check only. For more information on events, contact the City’s Office of International Affairs and Trade at (816) 513-3521.

Sister Cities International is a citizen diplomacy network representing more than 2,500 community linkages in 136 countries. The organization was started in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to create and strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and communities abroad

Major conference sponsors are the City of Kansas City, Mo., the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, the Neighborhood Development and Tourism Fund, Burns & McDonnell and the Kauffman Foundation.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information should be directed to Cathy Le, International Affairs and Trade Office, (816) 513-1360.

City News Releases - 2008

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