NEWS

Jul. 18, 2019

The members of sisters cities international and other participants and invited guests gathered in the George Brown convention center down town Houston from 9am to 10 ,30 am , 7/18/2019 for the opening of the sister cities international conference .
Led by the boad chair Mayor Nirenberg and president , C.E.O Roger-Mark De Souza .
The leaders welcomed the delegations to Houston , thanked the local host committee who were asked to stand for recognition .
The members of the board were also praised for their sacrifices in making the international organization run smoothly and successfully .
Mayor Nirenborg made mention of the China -USA summit and the Africa forum which took place the previous day and thanked the lead organizers .
The theme of the conference was given as "cities mean business " , which was shown by the presentations and messages by president of Rice University David Leebron , whose institution is host to the youth summit and the Dean of Barbara Jordan and Mikey Leeland school of public policy at Texas Southern University TSU .
Kathlyn Kennedy Townsend was awarded the Sisters cities international Dwight Esinhover Peace Prize 2019 .
She addressed the participants , and emphasized on the role that the Rice university speech by John F Kennedy made in the need for America to lead in space exploration and land a man in the moon at Rice university many years ago .
She advocated for peaceful , cooperative world without walls .
Dr Akwo Thompson Ntuba

Jul. 18, 2019

July is an exciting month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. As Houstonians, we should feel proud of our city’s historic role in developing human spaceflight.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege to represent you and Ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the city of Houston’s significant ties to the mission launch. I led a Greater Houston Partnership delegation as we promoted business opportunities in Houston.

I ask you to join me in honoring our NASA heroes this weekend. A web search will help you find plenty of exciting activities and here are two to consider. Discovery Green will host a free event on Saturday,July 20: A Giant Leap - Houston Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing

Also on Saturday, Space Center Houston will host a celebration featuring space-themed experiences and a reenactment of the mission countdown.

Houston leads the world in space exploration, medicine, energy and much more. Houston will always be the threshold for ideas and solutions that provide the answers for a better tomorrow.

As we salute the past, let’s look forward to the next giant steps for mankind and more amazing accomplishments from NASA astronauts.

Sincerely,

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Jul. 18, 2019

Photo: WCC

17 July 2019

As the Worship Assembly Planning Committee had its first meeting in Baden, Germany from 5-11 July, prayer was at the forefront for becoming the heartbeat of the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th assembly in Karlsruhe in September 2021.

Members of the committee discussed the framework for inter-confessional prayer before going into deeper exploration of the assembly theme, “Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity.”

Suggestions were made for the daily structure of spiritual life at the assembly, as well as elements for the opening and closing services, and the daily common morning prayer.

Musicians met separately to start planning the writing and gathering of assembly music. Suggestions were made for the size and layout of an assembly worship resource book. Central to the discussion was the choosing of biblical texts to guide the spiritual focus of each day.

The committee also got the chance to visit the location site of the assembly in Karlsruhe, where they met with city officials as well as representatives from host churches. During the final evening, members of the local host committee joined the members of the Worship Assembly Planning Committee for their final evening prayer. That afforded the opportunity for expressions of gratitude on all sides and the exchange of gifts.

Jul. 17, 2019

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has just declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders -- coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities -- to shoulder more of the burden.”

The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

Jul. 16, 2019

COMMUNITY LEADERS AND CITIZEN DIPLOMATS USE THEIR PASSION TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD AT “CITIES MEAN
BUSINESS” July 17-19, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2019) – Houston, Texas will be the nexus of worldwide connections as Sister Cities
International hosts its 2019 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit July 17-19. Over 700 elected and
municipal officials, business leaders, and citizen diplomats, along with over 100 students from around the globe will
learn about resilience and citizen diplomacy.
“This year’s conference will be one of the most diverse and vibrant gatherings with citizen diplomats from all over the
world coming together in Houston to share insights and discuss solutions to current global issues,” said Roger-Mark De
Souza, President & CEO of Sister Cities International.
The conference theme focuses on “Cities Mean Business”, where community leaders, citizen diplomats, and youth
delegates will hear from expert leaders in health, aeronautics, arts and music, business and trade, urban resilience, and
disaster relief. SCI’s most international, most action-oriented, and most networking-focused conference will feature preconference events including an all-day China-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit and an Africa Forum focusing on
economic development. The conference will also have special sessions on Mexico, Germany, and Japan; highlight strong
NxtGen leaders and women entrepreneurs; and tackle emerging issues such as innovation through adversity, resilience
and disinformation.
The annual conference will include a Parade of Flags; a Mayor’s Welcome Reception; and an Awards Dinner at the
Marriot Marquis in Houston. The winners of SCI’s Young Artists and Authors Showcase featuring art, literature, and
photography created by youth from around the world will also be on display throughout the conference site.
Parallel to the conference, a Youth Leadership Summit for high school students with the theme “Resilience: Using your
Passion to Build a Better World” will convene to engage the next generation leaders and expose them to global
challenges through a diplomatic simulation, participation in various speaker discussions, as well as a service learning
project. Youth delegates will choose from five training tracks designed to resolve real-world problems using their own
initiatives. The Summit is designed to provide students with effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and
insights into international affairs.
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About Sister Cities International
Founded by President Dwight Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as
the national membership organization for sister city programs in nearly 500 communities, with relationships in over
2,000 communities in more than 140 countries. This sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and
volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts
and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development.
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