CITIZEN DIPLOMACY INTERNATIONAL of Philadelphia

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Location: 
1515 Arch Street 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contact Name: 
Siobhán Lyons
Contact Phone Number: 
215-683-0999

The CITIZEN DIPLOMACY INTERNATIONAL of Philadelphia (CDI) is an international relations organization. We serve as the gateway to the greater Philadelphia community for guests of the U.S. Government as well as for individuals and corporations seeking professional connections to the people and institutions of our region.

CDI is the region's citizen diplomacy organization, fully believing in the power of exchanges: exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

Our core program is the State Department's prestigious "International Visitor Leadership Program," but that's just one of several programs we administer.  CDIhas two divisions that cover all our work: The Center for International Development and the Center for International Business.

As the region's leading international organization, we link businesses and institutions with hundreds of rising and established leaders each year. We are a non-profit, volunteer-based "citizen diplomacy" organization whose network of volunteers was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. We administer the U. S. State Department's leadership exchange programs (since 1954), and the City of Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program (since 1997).  CDI arranges the local itineraries and 'American experiences' for hundreds of delegations annually. We identify experts in various fields to meet with the guests; we develop relationships for academic, cultural, civic and business institutions; and help prevent future wars by making friends with the world's new leaders.  

The Sister Cities Program of Philadelphia consists of the following Sister and Partnership Cities:

PHILADELPHIA'S SISTER CITIES

  • 1964 -- Florence, Italy
  • 1966 -- Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1976 -- Torun, Poland
  • 1980 -- Tianjin, China
  • 1983 -- Incheon, Korea
  • 1986 -- Douala, Cameroon
  • 1992 -- Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

PHILADELPHIA'S PARTNERSHIP CITIES

  • 1986 -- Kobe, Japan
  • 1997 -- Abruzzo, Italy
  • 1999 -- Aix-en-Provence, France