Sister Cities Council

Pursuant to Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 3.14.470, the Seattle Sister Cities Coordinating Council coordinates the City's sister cities program, acts in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council, and has these additional purposes and duties:

  • On a quadrennial basis, evaluates City resources allocated to the sister city program, assesses needs, and advises the Mayor, City Council and the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) appropriately;
  • Reviews proposals from individual associations or other institutions for joint programs and assists in effective coordination of such activities;
  • Oversees efforts that incentivize, through supporting funds, programming for sister city associations, which aligns with the City's present-day values and interests, and/or Seattle's predominant international entities;
  • Coordinates fundraising and outreach efforts for joint sister city programs; assists efforts to generate new membership for the separate sister city associations;
  • In coordination with OIR, executes a Memorandum of Understanding with a local non-profit organization that is designated to act as a treasurer for the Seattle Sister Cities program's non-City revenue that originates from fundraising efforts;
  • Reviews and recommends any beneficial update of criteria for establishing new sister city affiliations; reviews proposals from groups wishing to receive sister city designation and advises the Mayor, City Council, and OIR on the selection of such affiliations;
  • Reviews and recommends criteria for retaining active sister city status; confers with officers of any association that does not meet the criteria and discusses a plan for remedying the situation.  Makes recommendations to City Council and/or OIR on the question of whether or not an association shall be granted emeritus status, as defined in SMC 3.14.450.
  • Develops a "Code of Ethics" for the conduct of sister city activities and responsibilities of association officers and members, and enforces compliance with this "Code of Ethics."


For additional information about the Coordinating Council, contact Mike Peters, International Programs Director, at mike.peters@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8266.