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Sister Cities Forum

Last updated date:2024/1/25

Commemorative Forum for the 50th Anniversary of Sister-City Relations
with Mumbai, Manila, Odessa and Vancouver

Growth of Future Generations through Inter-city Partnerships

Mumbai City Hall (top left); Manila's Roxas Boulevard, courtesy of TIP一村 (top right); Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, courtesy of the City of Odessa (bottom left); City of Vancouver and North Shore Mountains, courtesy of Tourism Vancouver and Albert Normandin (bottom right).

The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of sister-city relations with 4 cities around the world: Mumbai, India; Manila, The Philippines; Odessa, Ukraine; and Vancouver, Canada. For this forum, taking place on June 1, 2015, representatives of the 5 cities will gather in Yokohama and engage in discussion on the growth of future generations through inter-city partnerships in a wide range of areas such as the economy, culture, art, etc.

The public is invited to attend this milestone event. Do not miss your chance to be part of history!

1 Date & time

Monday, June 1, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

2 Venue

Pacifico Yokohama, 5th Floor, Room 503
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012

3 Speakers (tentative)

Snehal Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai,
Joseph E. Estrada, Mayor of Manila,
Gennadiy Trukhanov, Mayor of Odessa,
Andrea Reimer, Deputy-Mayor of Vancouver.

4 Program

- Opening remarks by Fumiko Hayashi,
Mayor of Yokohama
- Keynote address by Dr Yoshinobu Kubota,
President of Yokohama City University
- Panel discussion between the representatives of the 5 cities

5 Organization

City of Yokohama

Cooperation (tentative)
Yokohama-Mumbai Friendship Committee,
Yokohama-Manila Friendship Committee,
Yokohama-Odessa Friendship Committee,
Yokohama-Vancouver Friendship Committee

Support (tentative)
(In alphabetical order)
Embassy of Canada in Japan,
Embassy of India in Japan,
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Japan,
Embassy of Ukraine in Japan,
Kanagawa Shimbun,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

6 Themes

- Support for youth exchange and global human resource
development through sister-city relationships
- Towards “Academic Research City Yokohama”
- Inter-city partnership and global expansion of universities
- The role of universities in global human resource development
- Study abroad support for high school students in Yokohama
- Construction of ties for mutual growth through inter-city
- A message to young generations looking ahead to the next 50

7 Target participants & how to attend

For people living, studying or working in Yokohama.


Please register before May 20, 2015 by sending an email to with the following information:

- Name,
- Address,
- Contact information (telephone number, email address),
- Any additional information about your needs (sign-language
interpretation, wheelchair accessibility, etc.)

*Important notice:
Places are limited to 300. Registration is mandatory, but free. Once you send in your registration email, you will be contacted regarding seat availability. In case there are too many registrations, participants will be chosen by lottery.

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Note: Registrations are closed.

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