Albuquerque, NM – More than 500 elected officials, business and nonprofit leaders, members of the international affairs community, and students from 15 countries will travel to Albuquerque for the Sister Cities International Annual Conference. The three-day event will highlight international diplomacy efforts at the local and individual level. It will also educate about and celebrate those within the sister cities network.

WHO: Sister Cities International, City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation, and Visit Albuquerque
Sponsors:                    U.S. Department of State           U.S. Department of Energy

                                   City of Albuquerque                   Brookhaven National Laboratory

                                   The Carvey Family                     Americans for the Arts

                                   Creative Albuquerque                 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

Special Guests:             Mayor Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque, New Mexico

                                    Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Las Cruces, New Mexico

                                    Mayor Brad Cole, Carbondale, Illinois (SCI Board of Directors)

                                    Mayor Maher Maso, Frisco, Texas

                                    Alderman Joe Davis, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                    Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles, California

                                    Mark Ginsberg, U.S. Department of Energy

                                    Carol Herrera, U.S. Department of State

                                    Mary Jean Eisenhower, People to People International

                                    Bob Lynch, Americans for the Arts

                                    Michael Hyatt, UBS (SCI Board Chairman)

                                    Mark Walton, The Africa Channel (SCI Board of Directors)

                                    Carol Robertson Lopez, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (SCI Board of Directors)             

WHAT:                         54th Sister Cities International Annual Conference

WHEN:                         Thursday, July 29 – Saturday, July 31, 2010

                                    Opening Keynote Address; Friday, July 30 at 9 a.m.

                                    Mayor’s Reception; Friday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: All keynote addresses and education sessions: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras Avenue, NW

             Mayor’s Reception at the Albuquerque Convention Center

All members of the media must register. Interviews may be scheduled upon request.; Facebook: Sister Cities International; Twitter: @SisterCityIntl


# # #