April 30, 2018
The City of Portsmouth, a member of Sister Cities International, has enjoyed formal Sister City agreements based on the interest and international connections of Portsmouth residents since as early as 1985. The cities include Nichinan, Japan; Parnu, Estonia; East Antrim/Carrickfergus, Ireland; Agadir, Morocco; Severodvinsk, Russia and Kitase, Ghana; as well as Friendship City agreements with Portsmouth, England and Szolnok, Hungary.
Last May, the Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously to create a Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Sister Cities and Citizen Diplomacy to review the history of the relationships and evaluate how the city might further engage those relationships.
After researching the archive of the relationships and discussing best practices with Sister Cities International headquarters and other U.S. Sister Cities of comparable size to Portsmouth, the committee will host a Forum in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library on Monday, April 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to discuss their findings with the community. The Forum is free and open to the public and the Committee invites all who have an interest in Portsmouth’s Sister City programs and the citizen diplomacy benefits of such relationships to attend and share their thoughts.
“We are anxious to follow-up on the city-wide survey we conducted last fall with those who expressed interest in learning more about our Sister City relationships and discussing how Portsmouth sustains or expands the program,” said Sister Cities Committee chair Karina Quintans in announcing the Forum.
Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. The organization was created by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.
For more information, visit https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/economic/sister-and-friendship-cities.
Picture: Visitors from our Sister City, Nichinan, Japan