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By Jaime Marston Cook | Asian Avenue magazine

As a follow up to Asian Avenue magazine’s cover story from March 2016, “Sister Cities Link Colorado Communities with the World,” we recognize and congratulate Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI) for winning the 2016 Best Overall Program Award for a city with a population greater than 500,000. Awards are presented to six communities among more than 570 programs according to population size.

According to the DSCI newsletter The Envoy, “the 2016 Sister Cities International (SCI) Best Overall Award recognizes sister city programs that demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in 2015 in advancing the goals and mission of the sister cities movement. This award recognizes the overall program, including all sister city partnerships and affiliations.”

The award also takes into account all committee work done with communities around the world. Award winners were recognized recently at the Sister Cities International 60th Annual Conference in Washington, DC in mid-July.

This is not the first time our local sister cities program has won an award. In addition to winning the Best Overall Award in 1988, the Denver-Ulaanbaatar program won the Arts and Culture Innovation Award for bringing a Mongolian ethno-jazz group, including throat singers, to Denver in 2014. In 2015, the Denver-Axum program won the Humanitarian Innovation Award for donating and sending a septic pumping truck to Axum, Ethiopia. The Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

Currently sharing space in the GeoTech building in north Denver, Denver Sister Cities International looks forward to moving into the new World Trade Center that is set to open in RiNo in 2019. According to the World Trade Center’s website, “The World Trade Center Denver, a trade association with a million dollar brand and global recognition, selects the Transit-Oriented Development site located at 38th and Blake Street in the revitalized River North Art District (RiNo) neighborhood for a New World Trade Center Global Campus. The site is located just one commuter rail stop from Union Station downtown on the route to Denver International Airport.”

Mayor Michael Hancock anticipates the opening, too. He is quoted, “The proposed site of the new World Trade Center Denver will create a transit-oriented community that will be like no other in the city. It will allow us to easily showcase the best of Denver on a global scale.”

Please join us for Denver Sister Cities International Gala
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House
14th Street & Curtis in the Denver
Performing Arts Complex
5:30pm VIP Reception
7:00pm Gala Dinner, Cocktails & Jazz

Purchase tickets now at www.denversistercities.org/2016-worldwide-gala.

You are also invited to Denver Sister Cities International’s Worldwide Festival with food, two stages of music, dance and fashion, as well as delegations from various nations hosting educational talks.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Tivoli and Commons at the Auraria Campus in Denver
Free to the public
Vendor registrations accepted now