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The origin of this remote program until 1959, when post-World War II life gaining million between 1939 and 1945. The then President of the United States, General Dwigh D. Eisenhower proposed a massive plan of communication called 'People to People' or People to People, one point of which was the Sister Cities program intended to create bonds of friendship and exchange between U.S. cities and other locations around the world as a means to preserve world peace.
President Eisenhower, who often proclaimed that he would rather be known to history for his contributions toward world peace than for his accomplishments as a President or general, deplored the fact that throughout history, international diplomacy had failed to keep the peace or to prevent war. He foresaw that the people-to-people idea, fostered by a Sister City program involving hundred of thousands of people in cities throughout the world could be a massive form of citizen diplomacy that might succeed in doing what the nations of the world had been unable to accomplish through diplomatic efforts.
The strained relations between Mexico and the United States is obvious to all of us as we read the newspaper headlines about problems of immigrants, drug imports, trade barriers, etc. More than ever, the role that Sister Cities can play to bring people of both countries in a better mutual understanding is evident. As members of Sister Cities, we are, perhaps, in a unique position to build bridges between the people of these two countries at a time when it is most needed. We all know that Sister Cities in a People-to-people organization. We can help each other, not only in providing various types of assistance, but through better understanding of the situation in Mexico and the problems they face on a day-to-day basis. By building an even stronger Sister Cities organization and focusing on new projects, hopefully we can build more enthusiasm among the membership and more accomplishments in the people-to-people bridge-building that we all so anxiously want to do.
The Sister City program is a dedication of friends and understanding between peoples of different cultures and different attitudes...It is an affirmation of one's goodwill toward another people...it is the Golden Rule applied to international practice...it is a recognition that we are all brothers in the human race...and it is, perhaps, a last hope for peace in our times and for the survival of our world.
The ex-president of Mexico Miguel Aleman, founded the Sister City Program in Spain, being then President of the National Tourism Council. He was present at the First World Meeting of People to People Program, in October 1964, where he led the Sister Cities Program, and began permanently support by attending the annual conventions, notably the Convention held in the year of 1974 in the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, to publicly recognize the achievements in communication and cooperation among citizens through these programs.
Clearly, the Sister Cities Program was a result of the concerns raised the possibility of a new world war especially at the beginning of the Cold War, which for decades had suspended virtually all countries of the world, polarizing the most powerful opponents in two blocks.
Many cities and towns of our country have one or more sister cities elsewhere and some others have a much larger number of relationships, not only with the United States, but in other continents (for example: The city of Guadalajara, Jalisco having twinning with Downey, California, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Sevilla, Barcelona in Spain and Kyoto, Japan, among others). The work of Sister City Committee has brought benefits to the communities involved through exchanges in areas such as culture, education, commerce, tourism, sports and crafts. Also within the facilities and benefits provided by this program, several Mexican cities have received a number of donations both financially and in kind, which have been granted by its Sister City and the United States, mainly in cases of extreme need or emergencies, as in the claims of Mexico City, Ciudad Guzman, Farias and some of Michoacán, in the year 1985, Guadalajara in April 1992 and on the south coast and Cihuatlán Jalisco in October 1992. Sister Cities has given thousands of people the opportunity to know lifestyles and cultures, thereby facilitating peaceful coexistence and permanent communication between large groups of people as we posed 'People to People'.
PRINCIPLES AND REPRESENTATIONS OF SISTER CITIES PROGRAM IN MEXICO
The Sister Cities Program is open to the participation of city dwellers without distinguishing people on the basis of creed, political affiliation, race, color or sex. This program does not pursue any political, religious or profit but offers the opportunity for its members to work for the benefit of the city to participate in it through a committee. The basic requirements for a town to participate in program activities having representation at the different levels in Mexico are:
1. Cells are the basic Committees city representatives who are responsible responsibility for establishing and maintaining relationships with other committees worldwide through specific programs of work.
2. The National Association of Sister Cities Mexico-United States, as a whole represents the sum of the Committees of Mexico and permanently supported through the provision of various services such as information and advice.
3. The International Sister Cities Mexico-US ties Committees Mexico City with the northern neighboring country with the participation of the National US-Mexico