A CREATIVE FORCE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND GOODWILL
Citizen Diplomacy At Work and Play
As a member of Sister Cities International, we have been officially sanctioned to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities of any international program, including every type of municipal, business, professional, educational and cultural exchange or project. Sister City programs are also unique in that they inherently involve the three main sectors in a community: local government, businesses, and a wide variety of citizen volunteers (and civil society or non-profit organizations).
Las Cruces has two Sister Cities Affiliations:
Lerdo, Mexico- since 1982, formalized in 1989
Nienburg, Germany- since 1993, formalized in 1995
In 1994, the Las Cruces Sister Cities Foundation was formed as a private, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization to oversee and coordinate all sister city affiliations.
Each sister city has its own committee, which serves as the liaison, arranges the exchanges and sets the programs for that affiliation.
The Las Cruces Sister Cities Foundation spans all religious, economic and political lines to bring people together. The Foundation facilitates opportunities for citizens to travel to our sister cities, participate in exchanges, host guests from these cities, share information, develop greater understanding of different cultures and form many special friendships.
In 1956, President Eisenhower held a White House Conference to develop ways for promoting positive international relations and world peace. Plans were forged for the organization of worldwide sister cities, intended to promote friendship and international understanding through “People to People” contacts.