Global Citizen Diplomacy of 21st Century — one individual, one city at a time
New Haven Register published an article by Jim Shelton about new developments within New Haven Sister Cities.
New Haven wants to be the city of sisterly love again.
That’s the plan, at least, as New Haven Sister Cities celebrates its 30th anniversary with renewed vigor and a heightened sense of mission.
Plans are in the works for cultural exchanges, humanitarian aid delegations, tourism trips, theater workshops and exchanges of commercial products. An infusion of new volunteers has enlivened things, as well.
“It’s more relevant than it’s ever been,” says Barbara Lamb, president of New Haven Sister Cities’ board of directors and the city’s director of cultural affairs. “The world is getting smaller and travel is easier. You just can’t get an accurate feeling for world politics unless you’ve had the chance to get out of the U.S. and experience another culture.”
This flurry of activity is in marked contrast to the past decade, when fears of terrorism and international travel left most of the local sister cities programs scrambling for participants.