To connect Birmingham with the world


International opportunity for all

About Us

Connecting globally to thrive locally.

At Birmingham Sister Cities, we’re first and foremost a connector of people.

Committed to building bridges and creating relationships across the globe, we embody the values of global citizenship and believe in the power of grassroots, city-to-city, people-to-people diplomacy.

Birmingham Sister Cities is part of a network that unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries throughout the world.


A better world in the making

What we do

You can call us international bridge builders.

Building bridges between Birmingham and the world provides opportunities for meaningful connection, enriching cultural experiences, and immersive exchanges of traditions, knowledge, customs and concepts. Our work broadens horizons, fosters economic development and promotes a more peaceful and prosperous world.

All Sister Cities programs are designed to support our mission to connect Birmingham with the world through our core pillars of Engage, Enrich, and Exchange.


Foundations of Peace

About Sister Cities International

In 1965, President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the concept of a people-to-people citizen diplomacy initiative, which became the U.S. Sister City program.

Sister Cities International was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit organization to further promote cultural understanding and increase global cooperation.


Our Values

Cross-cultural connection

We believe in bridging divides by facilitating connections and purposeful engagements across diverse communities.

Citizen diplomacy

We embrace the power of grassroots goodwill and person-to-person interactions to create positive global change.

Global perspective

We instill the mindsets, skills and global competencies that allow people to thrive in our interconnected world.


We keep programs affordable, accessible, and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.


We leverage local and international networks and partnerships to expand our ideas, our reach and our impact.


We foster connections that transcend politics and borders and spread understanding vital for for world peace.

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Our Timeline

  • From the beginning

    Over the past 40 years, we have helped shape the Birmingham region into a thriving hub of international collaboration and cultural enrichment, and today, we’re using that position to fuel the city’s growth on a global scale.

    We’re preparing an historical overview of all we’ve accomplished to date, and we look forward to sharing it with you soon.

    Check back regularly for updates.