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August 2014

Mission Statement
The mission of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission is to increase the knowledge, goodwill, and understanding of the world through people-to-people diplomacy, education, cultural and economic exchanges, and humanitarian assistance.

Encourage the participation of a cross-section of citizens in the development of international friendships
Review all requests for Sister City affiliations
Establish and support a sister city committee for each recognized affiliation
Ensure that sister city committees adhere to city ordinances
Collaborate with organizations that have similar goals.

Sister Cities

Since 1974, The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission (ASCC) has been an affiliate of Sister Cities International (SCI), the national membership association for sister-city, county and state programs in the United States. ASCC is one of more than 2,100 sister city communities in over 100 countries throughout the world.

The Sister Cities program began in 1956, when a people-to-people citizen diplomacy initiative was proposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as part of the League of Nations. In 1967, as a result of extraordinary growth of the program, SCI became a separate, nonprofit organization. ASCC seeks to foster global cooperation and understanding, cultural awareness and economic development through its sister city relationships with 18 municipalities in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Northeast Asia and Africa.

The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month and invites public comment at the end of each meeting. Please contact Taylor Woodruff at for meeting details.

 Taipei Sister City
Becoming a Sister City of Atlanta | 2015 Annual Report | List of Atlanta's 18 Sister Cities | ASCC Strategic Business Plan | Past ASCC Annual Reports






Please visit the Sister Cities International website for more information.

Contact Info

City of Atlanta
Atlanta Sister Cities Commission
Chair: Teri Simmons

Mayor's Office of International Affairs
Georgia Pacific Building
133 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Claire Angelle

Bettina Gardner
Deputy Director

Vanessa Ibarra
Chief of Protocol

Taylor Woodruff
International Affairs Coordinator


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