About Us

About Norfolk Sister City Association

NSCA Mission Statement

The mission of Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) is to advance understanding, friendship, and cooperation among the people of Norfolk, Virginia and its international sister cities.

Norfolk Sister City Association is part of Sister Cities International. NSCA is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy organization that creates and strengthens partnerships between the City of Norfolk, VA and its international partner communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.

Sister Cities International is a leader for local community development and volunteer action. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs. We believe that sister city programs involve two-way communication and should mutually benefit partnering communities.

Our goals are to:

  • Celebrate the cultural diversity of Norfolk and its sister cities
  • Educate youth about global citizenship through NSCA’s Young Global Citizen Program
  • Facilitate economic and humanitarian opportunities between Norfolk and its sister cities


About Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International Mission Statement
Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.

Sister Cities International

Representing more than 2,300 communities in 130 countries, Sister Cities International (SCI) is a citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between the United States and communities abroad. Sister City partnerships are tailored to local interests and increase global cooperation at the grassroots level. SCI, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016, traces its origin to shortly after World War II. A national sister city movement to foster international understanding and world peace emerged after President Dwight D. Eisenhower convened a White House conference on citizen diplomacy on September 11, 1956. Originally part of the National League of Cities, Sister Cities International became a separate non-profit organization in 1967. The mission of Sister Cities International is: “To promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.”
Sister Cities International is based in Washington, D.C.