Darwin's Sister Cities

We Want You!

City of Darwin is looking for motivated people like you to assist with ‘Welcome to Darwin’ a community event hosted by the Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee, Saturday 7 February 2015. We need volunteers for event set-up, meet and greet and hospitality service. For more information and call 8930 0695 or email h.barich@darwin.nt.gov.au

Did You Know?

Ambon is home to the Tantui War Cemetery, the final resting place for a number of WW2 Allied POWs.

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Darwin's Sister Cities

City of Darwin has been an active participant in the Sister City Movement since establishing its first joint agreement with Kalymnos in Greece in 1982.

The mission of the Darwin Sister Cities Program is to increase international understanding with our sister city partners through promotion of international communication and exchange at the community level.

Since the inaugural Kalymnos signing, other agreements have been sealed with cities and communities as diverse as Anchorage in Alaska, Ambon in Indonesia, Haikou in China, Milikapiti in the Territory's Tiwi Islands, and Dili in Timor Leste.

The dates and places of signings are listed below in chronological order.

Kalymnos: Signing 23 April 1982 in Darwin

Anchorage: Signing 28 July 1982 in Darwin, 23 September 1982 in Anchorage

Ambon: Signing 28 October 1988 in Ambon, 21 July 1989 in Darwin

Haikou: Signing 5 September 1990 in Darwin

Milikapiti: Signing 5 July 1999 in Darwin

Dili: Signing 18 September 2003 in Darwin

The Sister Cities Movement

Sister Cities Movement

The Sister City Movement helps to facilitate friendship links between diverse communities throughout the world, with the aim of increasing understanding and fostering world peace. Other benefits include tourism, technical and professional collaborations, investment, trade, educational and cultural exchanges.

Formal recognition of Sister City affiliations began after World War II when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the 'People-to-People' program at a White House conference in 1956.

His intention was to involve individuals and organised groups at all levels of society in 'citizen diplomacy', with the hope that personal relationships, foster