Sister City Relationships

Sister Cities International

Mission: Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding & cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

Sister Cities International traces its roots to 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people citizen diplomacy initiative.  Sister Cities International is a nonprofit, citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities to increase global cooperation at the local level while promoting sustainable development, youth involvement, cultural understanding, and humanitarian assistance.  The Sister Cities International network represents more than 2,500 communities in 137 countries around the world. Learn more!

Sister City - Dubuque History

The City of Dubuque has two established Sister City relationships:

Sister City Committee

The Sister City Committee engages and fosters Dubuque’s sister city relationships through correspondence, events, delegations, and other activities. The Sister City Committee is overseen by the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau / Travel Dubuque.

Through annual renewal of a Contracted Services Agreement, the City partners with Travel Dubuque to administer Sister City activities in support of our Sister Cities. One City Council member serves on the Sister City Committee as the City's official representative, and the City Clerk serves as the City's staff liaison.