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Mission Statement

San Diego International Sister City Association (SanDISCA) connects San Diego people with its 16 sister cities around the world in 15 countries in 6 continents, in order to promote the world peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation--one individual, one community at a time. SanDISCA and its all 16 sister cities achieve this mission by establishing a long term reciprocal two-way relationships between people-to-people in the communities through art, cultural, educational, sports, humanitarian, business, trade, and many other programs and exchanges.


San Diego International Sister Cities Association, Inc. (SanDISCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is an umbrella organization for San Diego’s 16 individual Sister Cities organizations. SanDISCA and its 16 individual Sister Cities organizations are all operated by 100% volunteers. Sister Cities International (SCI) located in Washington D.C. is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving for 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with 2,121 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents. This SCI network unites tens of thousands of volunteers around the world as a common goal of being citizen diplomats. San Diegans joined the SCI network force in 1957 with Yokohama. Since then, San Diegans have created a total of 16 individual official Sister City Societies (SCS),(in order of their establishment): Yokohama, JAPAN (1957); Léon, MEXICO (1969); Cavite, PHILIPPINES (1969); Tema, GHANA (1976); Edinburgh, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM (1977); Alcalá de Henares, SPAIN (1982); Jeonju, KOREA (1983); Taichung, TAIWAN (1983); Yantai, CHINA (1985); Perth, AUSTRALIA (1986); Vladivostok, RUSSIA (1991); Tijuana, MEXICO (1993); Campinas, BRAZIL (1995); Warsaw and Mazovia Province, POLAND (1996); Jalalabad, AFGHANISTAN (2004); Panama City, PANAMA (2015)


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